Acronyms and Names

These clarifications may help you when referring to HRAF and eHRAF. For more information about terminology used in this guide, view the Glossary.

  • Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) is the name of our non-profit organization at Yale University.
  • eHRAF World Cultures is the name of HRAF’s online ethnographic database.
  • eHRAF Archaeology is the name of HRAF’s online archaeological database.
  • HRAF Collection of Ethnography refers to the paper and fiche collections. (Note that many people have historically referred to this collection as the “HRAF files” for short, but we think the full name is clearer, especially since we now have an archaeological database.)