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Tozzer Library

Tozzer is the oldest library in the U.S. devoted to collecting ethnology, archaeology and related anthropological fields

Added Names/Aliases: Peabody Museum Library, Anthropology Library
 
 
 
 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
(617) 495-2253
Contact by Email / Web
Circulation:
TozCirc@fas.harvard.edu
Reference:
TozRef@fas.harvard.edu
Website
 
Official Website
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21 Divinity Avenue, Harvard University, Cambridge
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ABOUT

 

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

 

Collections

 

Overview

Tozzer Library collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology: cultural and social anthropology, biological and physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics, with a special emphasis on materials relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. See Tozzer Library Collections Overview.

Manuscripts

Among the more significant manuscript holdings are the Adolph F. Bandelier Collection relating to the Indians of the American Southwest, the Henry O. Beyer Collection relating to the history and ethnography of the Philippine Islands, the Jaroslav Pasternak Collection of Ukrainian archaeology, the field notes of Alfred M. Tozzer, the personal papers of Cora Du Bois, and field reports of expeditions led by Henry Field to Pakistan and the Middle East. Also among the collection are pamphlets from the personal libraries of Harvard affiliated anthropologists that are especially valuable to scholars for their original marginalia. (HOLLIS link)

Primary Source Materials for Mesoamerican Studies

The collection includes Mayan language materials, Spanish Colonial documents, ethnographic and archaeological field notes, and unpublished scholarly manuscripts from researchers at Harvard and other institutions. Among the most notable of the Mesoamerican materials are those in the Bowditch-Gates Collection of over 250 volumes containing photographic reproductions of almost every unpublished manuscript or unique imprint in the various Mayan and Mexican languages. Other important materials are the Scholes collection of manuscripts relating to Middle American Indians, the field notes of distinguished anthropologists Alfred Marston Tozzer, after whom the library was named, and Sylvanus Griswold Morley, and the significant number of high-quality reproductions and facsimiles of Maya and Mexican pre-Columbian and Colonial period codices. (HOLLIS link).  

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
  • Library Services Overview
  • Tozzer Library provides a range of services to support teaching and research activities of the Harvard community and other researchers.  Many services, including ILL and Course reserves, are accessible remotely via links on HCL or HL web pages.  

 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Visitor
  • Researchers who present a current university or museum photo ID may use the collections at Tozzer Library. Non-Harvard researchers are welcome, please contact Reference via email. (tozref@fas.harvard.edu).All patrons wishing to use the library’s special collections materials must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system. Patrons who are not currently affiliated with Harvard University or who do not hold a Special Borrower Card will need to visit the Library Privileges Office at Widener Library after registering online to obtain a Harvard College Library Special Collections Card. Patrons are required to present a valid Harvard ID, HCL Special Borrower Card or HCL Special Collections Card at the library in order to use materials. For more information see Access to Special Collections and the Tozzer Library Admittance page.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • The front entrance to the Tozzer Anthropology Building on Divinity Avenue and the rear courtyard building entrance are wheelchair accessible, as is the door to the library on the first floor. There is an elevator connecting the Divinity Avenue and courtyard lobbies to the first floor, and an interior elevator connecting the ground and first floors in the library. Restrooms are wheelchair accessible.For more information or to arrange assistance in advance, contact Tozzer Access Services at 617-495-2253.  See also Tozzer's Disability Services page.