Royal Anthropological Institute of
Great Britain and Ireland


Explore 150 years of anthropology research straight from the source

The Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland collection is a rich repository of primary sources, containing the key inputs, research data, and outputs of many institute members, and large collections of photographs, drawings, and other kinds of fieldwork representing the efforts, ambitions, and successes of the RAI. Wiley has digitized this material for the first time, after taking care to catalog and conserve many of these items.

The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) was founded in 1871, with roots dating back to 1837.  Today, it is the world’s longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology, in its broadest and most inclusive sense. As such, it has amassed more than one million pieces of research, including personal papers, fieldwork and photographs, as well as uncatalogued material, all now available through this collection. Some of its more unique content include an ethnographic library dating back to the 1860’s,  Arthur Bernard Deacon’s personal papers, and fieldwork by British administrator and anthropologist Edward Horace Man.

Key Data

Subjects Covered
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Colonial History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dance
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • Gender Studies
  • Area Studies: African, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Caribbean, South
    Asian, Indian, Pakistani & Pacific
    & Much More
Primary Source Materials
  • Administrative Records
  • Correspondence
  • Data
  • Fieldwork
  • Gray Literature
  • Illustrations
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Monographs
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs
  • Proceedings
  • Reports
    & Various Ephemera