Good news for all you vexillologists out there: NAVA, the North American Vexillological Association, has made available, for free online access, nearly everything that it has published in its premiere scholarly journal Raven. (The two most recent volumes are behind a paywall.) Most of the free content can be accessed at:
The interface is basic, but by scrolling and searching you can find every article from volume 3 through volume 19. For some reason this list omits volumes 1 and 2, but these are also freely available through these links:
- Raven volume 1 (1994)
- Raven volume 2 (1995)
Included in all this are four entire books which were published as special issues of Raven:
- Native American Flags by Donald T. Healy and Peter J. Orenski, forward by Carl Waldman. Raven volume 3/4, 1996-97. ISBN-13: 978-0806135564
- American City Flags by John M. Purcell with James A. Croft and Rich Monahan. Raven volume 9/10, 2002-03. ISBN-13: 978-0974772806
- Russian Regional Flags by Anne M. Platoff. Raven volume 16, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0974772820
- Canadian City Flags by Luc Baronian, Christopher Bedwell, Doreen Braverman, James Croft, Scott D. Mainwaring, John Purcell, Rob Raeside, Mark Ritzenhein, & Alison Wilkes. Eugene Ipavec, Art Editor. Edward B. Kaye, Editor. Raven volume 18, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0974772837
For handy access, links to the book chapters (PDF files) are listed below.
Native American Flags by Donald T. Healy and Peter J. Orenski, forward by Carl Waldman. Raven volume 3/4, 1996-97.
Introduction / References with a Guide to Notes / Absentee Shawnee / Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) / Ak-Chin Indian Community (Tohono O’odham & Pima) / Alabama Quassarte / Arapaho / Assiniboine & Gros Ventre / Assiniboine & Sioux / Bay Mills Ojibwe (or Chippewa) / Big Pine Paiute / Blackfoot / Caddo / Catawba / Cherokee / Cherokee, Eastern Band / Cheyenne & Arapaho / Cheyenne River Sioux / Chickasaw / Chirakawa & Warm Springs Bands of Apache of the Fort Sill Reservation / Choctaw / Citizen Band of Potawatomi / Cocopah / Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) / Colville Confederated Tribes / Comanche / Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde / Coquille / Crow / Crow Creek Sioux / Delaware of Western Oklahoma / Eastern Shawnee / Flandreau Santee Sioux / Flathead of the Salish & Kootenai / Gila River Pima & Maricopa / Ho-Chunk (or Winnebago) / Inter-Tribal Council of California / Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) / Iowa of Oklahoma / Iroquois Confederacy / Jamestown S’Klallam / Kalispel (or Pend d’Oreille) / Kaw (or Kanza) / Kialegee Creek / Kickapoo of Oklahoma / Kiowa / Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (or Chippewa) / Lenni Lenape (or Eastern Delaware) / Lower Brule Sioux / Lower Elwha Klallam / Lummi / Makah / Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara / Mashantucket Pequot / Menominee / Miami / Miccosukee / Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe / Mississippi Band of Choctaw / Modoc of Oklahoma / Mohawk / Mohegan / Mojave / Muckleshoot / Muskogee (or Creek) / Nambe Pueblo / Navajo / Nez Perce / Northern Cheyenne / Oglala Sioux / Olemitcha Miwok / Oneida / Oneida of Wisconsin / Osage / Otoe-Missouria / Ottawa of Oklahoma / Paiute of Utah / Paiute & Washoe of Reno-Sparks / Passamaquoddy / Pawnee / Penobscot / Peoria / Poarch Band of Creek / Quapaw / Quileute / Quinauit / Red Lake Ojibwe / Rosebud Sioux / Sac & Fox of Iowa / Sac & Fox of Oklahoma / Salt River Pima & Maricopa / San Carlos Apache / Santa Clara Pueblo / Santee Sioux / Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Ojibwe (or Chippewa) / Seminole of Florida / Seminole of Oklahoma / Senec / Seneca-Cayuga / Sisseton & Wahpeton Sioux / Southern Ute / Spokane / Standing Rock Sioux / Suquamish / Swinomish / Thlopthlocco Creek / Tohono O’odham / Tolowa / Tonkawa / Tonto Apache / Tunica-Biloxi / Uintah & Ouray Ute / United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee / United Sioux Tribes / United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) / Upper Skagit / Warm Springs, Wasco, & Northern Paiute / Washoe of Nevada & California / White Earth Band of Ojibwe
American City Flags by John M. Purcell with James A. Croft and Rich Monahan.
Raven volume 9/10, 2002-03.
Color Plates / Akron, OH / Albany, NY / Albuquerque, NM / Anaheim, CA / Anchorage, AK / Annapolis, MD / Arlington, TX / Atlanta, GA / Augusta, GA / Augusta, ME / Aurora, CO / Austin, TX / Bakersfield, CA / Baltimore, MD / Baton Rouge, LA / Billings, MT / Birmingham, AL / Bismarck, ND / Boise, ID / Boston, MA / Bridgeport, CT / Buffalo, NY / Burlington, VT / Carson City, NV / Casper, WY / Cedar Rapids, IA / Charleston, SC / Charleston, WV / Charlotte, NC / Chesapeake, VA / Cheyenne, WY / Chicago, IL / Cincinnati, OH / Cleveland, OH / Colorado Springs, CO / Columbia, SC / Columbus, OH / Concord, NH / Corpus Christi, TX / Dallas, TX / Denver, CO / Des Moines, IA / Detroit, MI / Dover, DE / El Paso, TX / Fort Smith, AR / Fort Wayne, IN / Fort Worth, TX / Frankfort, KY / Fremont, CA / Fresno, CA / Garland, TX / Glendale, AZ / Glendale, CA / Grand Forks, ND / Grand Rapids, MI / Greensboro, NC / Gulfport, MS / Harrisburg, PA / Hartford, CT / Helena, MT / Hialeah, FL / Honolulu, HI / Houston, TX / Huntington, WV / Indianapolis, IN / Irving, TX / Jackson, MS / Jacksonville, FL / Jefferson City, MO / Jersey City, NJ / Juneau, AK / Kansas City, MO / Lansing, MI / Las Vegas, NV / Lexington, KY / Lincoln, NE / Little Rock, AR / Long Beach, CA / Los Angeles, CA / Louisville, KY / Lubbock, TX / Madison, WI / Manchester, NH / Maui, HI / Memphis, TN / Mesa, AZ / Miami, FL / Milwaukee, WI / Minneapolis, MN / Mobile, AL / Montgomery, AL / Montpelier, VT / Nashville, TN / New Orleans, LA / New York, NY / Newark, NJ / Norfolk, VA / Oakland, CA / Oklahoma City, OK / Olympia, WA / Omaha, NE / Philadelphia, PA / Phoenix, AZ / Pierre, SD / Pittsburgh, PA / Plano, TX / Pocatello, ID / Portland, ME / Portland, OR / Providence, RI / Provo, UT / Raleigh, NC / Rapid City, SD / Richmond, VA / Riverside, CA / Rochester, NY / Sacramento, CA / St. Louis, MO / St. Paul, MN / St. Petersburg, FL / Salem, OR / Salt Lake City, UT / San Antonio, TX / San Diego, CA / San Francisco, CA / San Jose, CA / Santa Ana, CA / Santa Fe, NM / Scottsdale, AZ / Seattle, WA / Shreveport, LA / Spokane, WA / Springfield, IL / Stockton, CA / Tacoma, WA / Tallahassee, FL / Tampa, FL / Toledo, OH / Topeka, KS / Trenton, NJ / Tucson, AZ / Tulsa, OK / Virginia Beach, VA / Warwick, RI / Washington, DC / Wichita, KS / Wilmington, DE / Worcester, MA / Yonkers, NY
Russian Regional Flags by Anne M. Platoff.
Raven volume 16, 2009.
Introduction / Acknowledgements / The Russian Federation / Design Basics / Colors Used in the Flags / Symbols / Summary / Federal Subjects / Merged Federal Subjects / Conclusion / Contributors / Index / Color Plates: Symbols of the Russian Federation, Current Symbols of Federal Subjects, Symbols of Merged Federal Subjects, & Obsolete Flags of Federal Subjects
Canadian City Flags by Luc Baronian, Christopher Bedwell, Doreen Braverman, James Croft, Scott D. Mainwaring, John Purcell, Rob Raeside, Mark Ritzenhein, & Alison Wilkes. Eugene Ipavec, Art Editor. Edward B. Kaye, Editor.
Raven volume 18, 2011.
Editor’s Notes / Definitions, Conventions, & Authors / Donors / Acknowledgments / Introduction / Abbotsford, BC / Arviat, NU / Baker Lake, NU / Barrie, ON / Bathurst, NB / Bay Roberts, NL / Behchokò, NT / Belleville, ON / Brandon, MB / Brantford, ON / Bridgewater, NS / Calgary, AB / Cape Breton, NS / Carmacks, YT / Charlottetown, PE / Chatham-Kent, ON / Chilliwack, BC / Corner Brook, NL / Cornwall, ON / Courtenay, BC / Dawson, YT / Drummondville, QC / Edmonton, AB / Fort Smith, NT / Fredericton, NB / Gander, NL / Granby, QC / Grande Prairie, AB / Greater Sudbury / Grand Sudbury, ON / Guelph, ON / Haines Junction, YT / Halifax, NS / Hamilton, ON / Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL / Hay River, NT / Igloolik, NU / Inuvik, NT / Iqaluit, NU / Joliette, QC / Kamloops, BC / Kawartha Lakes, ON / Kelowna, BC / Kensington, PE / Kingston, ON / Kitchener, ON / Leamington, ON / Lethbridge, AB / Lloydminster, SK & Alberta / London, ON / Medicine Hat, AB / Miramichi, NB / Moncton, NB / Montague, PE / Montréal, QC / Longueuil, QC / Moose Jaw, SK / Nanaimo, BC / New Glasgow, NS / Norfolk County, ON / North Bay, ON / Oshawa, ON / Ottawa, ON / Gatineau, QC / Peterborough, ON / Portage la Prairie, MB / Prince Albert, SK / Prince George, BC / Québec, QC / Rankin Inlet, NU / Red Deer, AB / Regina, SK / Rimouski, QC / Saguenay, QC / Saint John, NB / Saint-Hyacinthe, QC / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC / Sarnia, ON / Saskatoon, SK / Sault Ste. Marie, ON / Shawinigan, QC / Sherbrooke, QC / Sorel-Tracy, QC / Souris, PE / St. Andrews, MB / St. Catharines, ON / St. John’s, NL / Summerside, PE / Thompson, MB / Thunder Bay, ON / Toronto, ON / Brampton, ON / Markham, ON / Mississauga, ON / Vaughan, ON / Trois-Rivières, QC / Truro, NS / Vancouver, BC / Burnaby, BC / Surrey, BC / Vernon, BC / Victoria, BC / Victoriaville, QC / Watson Lake, YT / Whitehorse, YT / Windsor, ON / Winnipeg, MB / Wood Buffalo, AB / Yellowknife, NT / Contributors to this Issue / Colophon
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