Though the name of the Foundation emphasizes its devotion solely to the study of humanity, the President and Board of the Foundation have always tried to interpret that dedication in the most liberal and far-sighted sense.
Wenner-Gren Symposium publications began in the early 1950s with the publication of three volumes that resulted from the “International Symposium on Anthropology,” held in 1952.
Outlets for the publication of results of scholarly research always are greatly in demand, particularly in the discipline of anthropology, where sources of data are copious and require preservation for later workers and where the true relevancy of much data on unfamiliar cultures may not as yet be initially understood.
Since its beginning, the Foundation has promoted international scholarly communication and the dissemination of anthropological knowledge. Accordingly, the Foundation has encouraged a number of publishing initiatives to fulfill this goal.