The University of Nebraska Press announced yesterday that it has been awarded $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to edit and publish 17 volumes of the Franz Boas papers over the next seven years. Boas (1858-1942), a pioneer of modern anthropology, is renowned for introducing the concept of cultural relativism in his studies of indigenous communities, most notably Native Americans and Native Canadians.

His correspondence, linguistic manuscripts, and other professional and personal papers will be edited and published by the press in partnership with Canada’s Western University and the American Philosophical Society. The papers are currently housed at the APS headquarters in Philadelphia. The first volume in the series will be edited by University of Nebraska Press senior acquisitions editor, Matthew Bokovoy, and Western University anthropologist Regna Darnell, and is scheduled to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2015.