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BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers

BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers was initiated in 1989 to publish vetted scholarly articles on beads and beadwork of all materials, cultures, and periods. While printed journals still play an important role in research, the tendency now is to go digital. Thus, starting with Volume 27 (2015), we are making the journal open access and the articles and other content are presented here. For those who prefer a permanent paper copy, this may be purchased from the SBR but supplies are very limited; contact Alice Scherer, the secretary-treasurer, for ordering instructions (

The articles in Volumes 1-6 (1989-1994) are also available in a digital format at the SURFACE (Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment) website which is a full-text, multi-media online database. Subsequent issues will be added at regular intervals until all issues have been uploaded. All issues except out-of-print Volumes 3, 4, and 5 are available for purchase in a paper format. Their sale helps fund future issues and our websites.

If you find the articles interesting, consider joining the Society of Bead Researchers. For a modest membership fee, you will receive the annual journal as well as the biannual newsletter, The Bead Forum. To keep the Society and its publications vital, we not only need your financial support, but also material in the form of articles, news items, conference announcements, and recent publication notifications. Visit the SBR site for further details.

Volume 27 (2015)

Volume 3 Beads: 
Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers     Ceramics and Glass Beads as Symbolic Mixed Media in Colonial Native North
, by Gregory A. Waselkov, David W. Morgan, and Billie Coleman;
A 17th-Century Glass Bead Factory at Hammersmith Embankment, London,
, by Karlis Karklins, Laure Dussubieux, and Ron G.V. Hancock;
Pipeclay Beads from Norton St Philip, England, by Marek Lewcun;
Beads and Pendants from Sedeinga, Nubia, by Joanna Then-Obłuska;
Elite Dress and Regional Identity: Chimú-Inka Perforated Ornaments from
      Samanco, Ñepena Valley, Coastal Peru
, by Benjamin Carter and Matthew
      Helmer; and
From the Past: Indians of U.S. Spurn All Beads Except Italy's

Cover, Front Matter, and Book Reviews:
      Photography of Personal Adornment, by Robert K. Liu
      Beads from Jablonec: A History in Beads, by Floor Kaspers
      Journal: Borneo International Beads Conference 2015, edited by Heidi
            Munan and Anita MacGillivray

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Most recent update: June 18, 2016

Karlis Karklins, Editor    Christopher DeCorse, Newsletter Editor
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