Archival Collections

Peabody Museum Archives does not collect or maintain a library of published materials. To locate a particular book or published article, please check the HOLLIS bibliographic catalogue or contact the Tozzer Library at Harvard University.

Letter to Putnam


The Peabody Museum Archives contains primary source materials that reflect the Museum’s archaeological and ethnographic research and fieldwork since its founding in 1866. Archival collections contain photographs, documents, papers, and records of enduring value that were created or collected by the Museum, its individual affiliates, or other related entities. The collections also document the history or provenience, as well as the creation of many of the Museum’s artifact collections.

Description of the Collections

Paper collections include more than 1,400 cubic feet of manuscripts, correspondence, data, and field notes from the Peabody’s earliest expeditions, from the late nineteenth- to mid-twentieth century. Topics include fieldwork, expeditions, and excavations. Museum activities include departmental and exhibition records.

Letter to F.W. Putnam from E.H. Thompson, Merida, Mexico, April 5, 1900.  PM 2008.1.62.


Japanese women looking at photo album

Photograph collections comprise more than 500,000 historical images that reflect research expeditions, Museum activities, and world cultures, from the 1850s to the late twentieth century.

Two Japanese women looking at photo album. PM 36-26-60/15986.102.

Daguerreotype Collection

For information on the Peabody Museum’s daguerreotype collection, including the Zealy daguerreotypes of African and African-American slaves, please see our Frequently Asked Questions and the document Class, Group, and Research Visits to View Daguerreotypes.