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Peabody Museum Archives

The Peabody Museum has retained records since its founding in 1866 as North America’s first anthropology museum. This first ‘formal’ Archive was established in the 1980’s and houses early museum records including letter books of incoming correspondence (1866-79), daybooks of the curators and directors, and trustee minutes.

Added Names/Aliases: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University Archives, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives
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(617) 496-1027
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The Peabody Museum has retained records since its founding in 1866 as North America’s first anthropology museum. This first ‘formal’ Archive was established in the 1980’s and houses early museum records including letter books of incoming correspondence (1866-79), daybooks of the curators and directors, and trustee minutes. Note that some early administrative records are held at Harvard University Archives. The Peabody Museum archives also holds field notes from museum expeditions throughout the world as well as documentation of the artifact collections and the papers of many anthropologist collectors. Active accession files, dating from 1866 and corresponding with the artifact collection, are available for research.

 

Collections

 

Archaeology & Ethnology

For collections that are processed, Finding Aids provide information and detailed descriptions about the contents of manuscript and paper collections. The Archives tries to regularly upload Finding Aids online to OASIS (the Online Archival Search Information System), a union catalog of Finding Aids created by archival and manuscript repositories at Harvard. Collections represented on OASIS have links to the OASIS homepage. To learn more about OASIS and to view Peabody Museum Finding Aids online, follow the OASIS link, then click on “Peabody Museum Archives” from the "Limit by Repository" menu.

 
 

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  • Access to the Peabody Museum archival collections is coordinated by the Archives staff. Please explore the following information on Planning a Research Visit at the Peabody Museum Archives: http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/304?q=node/44