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AAA Provides Free Access to Historical Anthrosource Content

AnthroSource on WBIn a groundbreaking move to broaden access to 85 years of anthropological research, AAA is now providing free access to content from  American Anthropologist, Anthropology News, Ethos, and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review that published before 1974.

The initiative, among the first of its kind in humanities and social science publishing and made in coordination with publishing partner Wiley-Blackwell, was passed by the AAA Executive Board in 2008 and will enable access to these materials for the purposes of personal, educational and other non-commercial uses after a thirty-five year period. Content published from 1888 to 1973 will be available for these four titles via the Wiley-Blackwell platform, Wiley Interscience (

Previously, this content was only available via AAA membership, library subscription or on a “pay per view” basis. “Our Association is committed to the widespread dissemination of anthropological knowledge,” noted Oona Schmid, AAA Director of Publishing, when plans for free access were announced late last year, “and our Executive Board is acting to support this goal in two ways: supporting the sustainability of our publishing program and facilitating access to more than eight decades of studies and content in the discipline.”

For more information about free access to pre-1974 content, please contact Dion Dears (, Anthrosource Product Manager.