Joel Martin Halpern Collection

Joel Martin Halpern Southeast Europe Collection

This unique collection has been donated to the University of Alberta Library by Dr. Joel Martin Halpern, a prominent anthropologist best known for his pioneering work in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia. Dr. Halpern is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts. The collection includes material from the former Yugoslavia and other countries of the Balkans collected by the Donor between the 1950s and 2007. The majority of the material is in electronic format, stored on DVDs and CDs, with a few sources on microfilm and in print.

We are currently compiling an archival guide (online) for the collection. In the meantime, we provide this brief summary of the contents:

  • Collection of digitized photos and slides (colour and black-and-white) from various regions and countries of the Balkan Penninsula. Images in TIFF format. A number of images (in JPEG format) also captioned and organized in a database (MS Access)
  • Correspondence, fieldnotes, audio and video recordings, books, journal issues, and museum catalogues
  • Census materials from Serbia (in SPSS format)
  • Collection of print photographs (black-and-white) from Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Hercegovina

See Finding aid for the Collection for detailed description of the content. 

In addition to the material donated to the University of Alberta Library, Dr. Halpern's research collection has been deposited at other educational and cultural insitutions (see details below). Over the years, with the help of various institutions and quite generous grants, a good portion of these materials has been digitized and made available online. Our goal is to provide online access to the materials that have not yet been published and for which the Donor agreed to provide open access.

Center for the Study of Balkan Societies and Cultures at the University of Graz, Austria

Halpern in Macedonia at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Halpern, J. Martin (1929- ) Papers at the Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, MD

Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia

Joel M. Halpern Personal Papers in the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA

Joel M. Halpern Laotian Slide Collection University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

The Joel Martin Halpern Balkan Archive at the University of Bradford, UK

The Joel Martin Halpern Collection at The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Photographs: Bosnia, 1954-1996 online exibition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


Dr. Halpern's publications are available at numerous libraries. Please search the NEOS Library Catalogue for University of Alberta holdings, and for holdings at other institutions in the world.


Compiled by: Erika Banski, Slavic Studies Librarian
Phone: (780) 492-1404

Last updated: Feb. 2008