The Museum's staff have produced many books, articles, and research reports through the years.  Many can be downloaded electronically.   Here is our list of publications and links to their electronic copies, when available.

Customes, Manners, & Worships:  Rhode Island Begins exhibit catalog

Curated and written by Caroline Frank and Kevin P. Smith, with Kirsten Hammerstrom

Free electronic copy

2012, 16 pp.

In commemoration of Providence’s 375th anniversary, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the Rhode Island Historical Society presented an exhibition of rare, early Rhode Island artifacts in Manning Hall. The native peoples of Rhode Island, and the Englishmen who arrived in the 17th Century, made beautiful, useful and ingenious things. Roger Williams’ dictionary of the Narragansett language describes the meaning and use of these objects, and provides a glimpse into the lives and worldviews of cultures on the cusp of irrevocable change.

Research Reports of the Circumpolar Laboratory

Free electronic copies

Arctic Studies was introduced to Brown University with the appointment of J.L. Giddings as Director of the Haffenreffer Museum and Professor of Anthropology in 1955.  The Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies, housed at the Haffenreffer Museum's Collections Research Center, contains laboratory facilities, a library devoted to Arctic and sub-Arctic topics, and is the repository for important ethnographic and archaeological collections primarily from northwestern Alaska.  Visit this page for a list of recent reports published by Museum staff and research associates and links to their electronic copies.  {NEED TO ADD LINK}

The Mount Hope Years 1968-2008: The Experiential Education Program of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, on the Mount Hope Grant in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Reflections from children, teachers, native interpreters, volunteers and museum staff

Joanna Coppola, Cindy Elder and Patsy Sanford

Free electronic copy

2011, 61 pp. 
This book documents the experiential education program that occured at the Museum's Bristol location before it was closed to the public in 2008. 

Kayak, Umiak, Canoe

Alison Fields

Free electronic copy

2002, 32 pp., 8 color plates, 26 b&w photos.
This catalog, designed to accompany the exhibition Kayak, Umiak, Canoe, investigates the life of Ferdinand Bach as artist and collector and interprets 19 model watercraft from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Coast, from his collection that formed the centerpiece of the exhibition.

Model Kayaks, Umiaks, and Canoes from the North Pacific in the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Collections

Barbara A. Hail, Jarmo Kankaanpaa, Mary Malloy, Katherine Woodhouse-Beyer

Free electronic copy

2002, 44 pp., 28 b&,w photos
This volume of essays, published in conjunction with the Haffenreffer Museum's Kayak, Umiak, Canoe exhibit, includes: Ferdinand Bach: Artist & Collector; Souvenirs of the Age of Sail; Boat Modeling as Indigenous Tradition; and the Bach Boat Models.

Gifts of Pride and Love:  Kiowa and Comanche Cradles

Barbara A. Hail, Editor

Electronic copy not Available, print copy available for purchase on Amazon. 

2000, 136 pp.; 50 color illustrations; 82 b&w photos.
This book represents a collaboration between the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, and members of Kiowa and Comanche cradle-making families. With an introduction by N. Scott Momaday, it includes an essay by Barbara Hail on the historic origins of lattice cradles, and essays by eleven descendants of cradle makers. Lattice cradles, first made in Kiowa and Comanche communities from about 1870 to 1930, a period of great cultural transition, were a unique art form of extreme practicality that played an important cultural role by solidifying family and generational ties, since they were made as gifts of love within a family.

Passionate Hobby:  Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer and the King Philip Museum

Shepard Krech III, editor

Free electronic copy

1994, 192 pp, 32 color plates, 190 b&w photos, drawings, maps This volume focuses on the life of the Museum's founder, Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer, and the processes whereby both his collections and what he called the King Philip Museum formed. With contributions by Barbara Hail, David Gregg and Ann McMullen.

Hau, Kola!  The Plains Indian Collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Barbara A. Hail

 Free electronic copy

1993 (4th revised printing), 256 pp, 355 illustrated catalog entries, 189 figures and 16 color plates
A superb and comprehensive study of the wide range of Plains Indian art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Representing a period of fine craftsmanship, HAU, KOLA! examines male and female clothing from footwear to headgear, ornaments, childhood articles, weapons, tools, utensils, musical instruments, pouches, horsegear, pipes and more. Now in its fourth reprinting, HAU, KOLA! has become a standard reference work for students and historians as well as native artists.

History on Birchbark:  The Art of Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy

Joan A. Lester

Free electronic copy 

1993, 21 pp, 52 b&w plates.
Tomah Joseph was an artist, canoe guide, craftsman, storyteller, and major purveyor of Passamaquoddy arts and traditions to the outside world. In this 20 page catalog with 50 black and white photos, author Joan Lester, Curator of Native American Collections at the Children's Museum Boston, examines Tomah Joseph's life and his art. The style of traditional New England incised birchbark art was dramatically changed by Tomah Joseph's introduction of figurative and pictorial themes into an abstract, floral tradition.

Early Holocene Occupation in Northern New England

Edited by Brian S. Robinson, James B. Peterson and Ann K. Robinson

Free electronic copy

1992, 203 pp., 63 b&w photos, drawings, maps.
A significant body of work conducted in the past decade is presented which counters the "low population model" in the Northeast during the early Holocene (approx. 10,000 to 6000 years BP) and provides fresh insights into the lifeways and archaeological record of early post-Pleistocene cultures and adaptations in northeastern North America.

Art and Artifacts:  Essays In Material Culture and Museum Studies in Honor Of Jane Powell Dwyer

Harold David Juli, editor

Free electronic copy

1992, 155 pp.
This volume examines methods of analysis leading to critical thought about ethnographic and archeological art, including weaving,ceramics, and sculpture. It contains five essays about New World societies, two on the cultures in the Old World, and one theoretical essay.

Out of the North:  The Subarctic Collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Barbara Hail and Kate Duncan

Free electronic copy 

1989, 301 pp., 27 color plates, 275 b&w photos, drawings, maps.
With 180 illustrated catalog entries and over 75 ethnographic photographs, Out of the North examines Subarctic Algonquin and Athapaskan arts of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as traditional arts today. Essays explore the region and its people, styles and style change, maintaining traditions, and women's art as well as the journeys of Victorian traveler Emma Shaw Colcleugh, whose collection forms the core of the catalog.

Terra Incognita

Photographs by Salvatore Mancini with an essay by Polly Schaafsma and an artist's statement

Free electronic copy

1988, 32 pp., 20 b&w photos.
During several trips to New Mexico and Arizona Mancini documented petroglyphs and rock paintings. His intuitive feelings for the subject matter bring these images to life. Schaafsma's essay provides context for Mancini's photographs and contemplates possible meanings of the rock art.

Cosume as Communication:  Ethnographic Costumes and Textiles from Middle America and the Central Andes of South America

Margot Blum Schevill

Free electronic copy

1986, 138 pp, 20 color plates, 243 b&w photos and drawings.
This volume describes the Museum's collections of twentieth century textiles from Middle America and the Central Andes, two areas in which cloth has long been of central importance.

A Guide to Rhode Island Archaeological Collections

Brian Robinson

Free electronic copy

1986, 14 pp., 3 b&w images.
A catalog of archaeological collections in Rhode Island, which also traces the historical development of major collections in the state.

What Cheer, Netop!  Selections from A Key into the Language of America, by Roger Williams

Hadassah Davis, translator and editor

Free electronic copy

1986, revised 1994, 63 pp., b&w photos and engravings.
A selection of excerpts from Roger Williams' famous volume, translated into modern English for easy reading.

Female Costume of the Sarakatsani

Peter Allen, Joyce Ronald Smith, loan Bouza Koster

Free electronic copy

1985, 42 pp., 22 b&w photos, 45 drawings.
An in-depth analysis of the female costume of the Sarakatsani, a nomadic group of mainland Greece, based upon a full costume in the Haffenreffer Museum Collection. Includes ethnographic notes and an account of contemporary Sarakatsani weaving.

Traditional Art of Africa

Thierry Gentis

Free electronic copy

1983, 12 pp, 12 b&w photos
This volume documents the Museum's African collection, which includes late 19th century artifacts collected by Brown University Baptist missionaries, and others acquired since then through significant private donations.

Burr's Hill:  A 17th Century Wampanoag Burial Ground In Warren, RI

Susan G. Gibson, Editor

Out of Print

1980, 182 pp., 179 b&w photos and drawings
The Burr's Hill Cemetery archeological site was excavated and looted in 1913 by Warren residents. This volume not only reconstructs the excavation, but also includes a complete catalog of the extant collection from the site, with analytical essays concerning 17th century Wampanoag material culture.

The Cashinahua of Eastern Peru

Kenneth Kensinger, Phyllis Rabineau, Helen Tanner, Susan G. Ferguson, Alice Dawson

Free electronic copy 

1975, 238 pp., 235 b&w photos, illustrations, 4 color plates.
Arriving as a missionary and leaving as an anthropologist, Kenneth Kensinger spent many years with the Cashinahua. This catalog of his collectionincludes 50 photos from the field, analyses of Cashinahua material culrue, and Kensinger's discussions about the process of learning their language and the ways in which the Cashinahua order their world. Essays by other authors examine the artist craft techniques, and artistic evaluation within the community.

Gifts of Pride and Love:  Kiowa and Comanche Cradles

AAM Award Winning Interactive Exhibit on CD-ROM

2001.  This former nation-wide traveling exhibit is now available on CD-ROM. Explore the beauty and significance of 30 Kiowa and Comanche Cradles! View close-ups and historical photos, hear traditional lullabies, examine cradles in 360 degree virtual images, learn about the cultural significance of each cradle, design your own cradle, discover the women who created these exquisite and practical works of art. A great educational aid for teachers!
* Windows 95/98/00 compatible.