We digitise German-language ethnological and folkloristic journals and monographs from more than two centuries and make them available for free download


Since 2013, with funding from the DFG, we have been continuously digitising German-language core journals in social and cultural anthropology from the collections of the University Library of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and making them available online in full and free of charge.

In addition, there are currently, e.g. the medical anthropology journal Curare, the Jahrbuch für Europäische Ethnologie (Yearbook for European Ethnology), the series Berliner Blätter and the bulletins of the professional societies; dgv and GAA, parts of which have been available online up to now, but which were only insufficiently indexed.

Other collections will be added successively. If you need digital copies from other collections, please write to: ub.digitalisierung(at)ub.hu-berlin.de.


Since 2021, additional (historical) monographs from the collections of the University Library of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are digitised and made accessible. As a prerequisite, the work needs to be copyright-free, or permission has been granted by the rights holders. This includes monographs that were published before 1920 and are not available for interlibrary loan at the HU Berlin library (and other institutions) for reasons of stock protection. Thanks to the large, well-preserved old holdings of the HU Berlin library without many war losses, comprehensive material relevant to research history will be made available to younger and less well-equipped institutions in Germany and worldwide.

Ethnological and folkloristic qualification publications from the GDR, which are only available in typewritten form and not as publishing publications, will also be digitised. Until now, they have only been accessible to researchers, in a very limited extent.

Research from more than two centuries freely available on the net

For the first time, the above-mentioned journals and monographs will be freely available on the net, scanned without gaps and in good quality. By processing them with text recognition software (OCR), they are also searchable as full text. The journal articles will be thoroughly indexed by recording structural and metadata and made searchable in the EVIFA search engine.

Furthermore, framework agreements have been concluded with the collecting society VG Wort, the editors and publishers. These allow the journals to be digitised up to the present day, with the exception of the most recent volumes. In the case of monographs - if they are not yet in the public domain - we secure the corresponding rights of use from authors and publishers.

We are continuously working on improving the presentation of the digitised material and the search functions. You can view finished digitised volumes on our digitisation server.

The selection of journals in all projects for digitised items was made in co-operation with the academic advisory board of the FID Social and Cultural Anthropology (previously of the SSG Folk and Ethnology).


Sebastian Szczepaniak, Responsible for the digitisation project

Matthias Harbeck, Project Manager of the Specialised Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA)