Archival collections are often rare and fragile, and the Museum maintains use policies that are consistent with its commitment to the care and preservation of its collections.
The Peabody Museum Archives provides electronic access to the collections through finding aids and digital imaging. Staff are actively engaged in creating finding aids, but many of the collections are not yet processed or available online. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we contniue to improve intellectual and physical access to the archival collections.
Access Materials & Images
Archival materials do not circulate and must be kept in the Archives Reading Room. Other materials relating to specific collections, such as accession cards, ledgers, and the accession file documents, may only be viewed in the Collection Registration Office. Research visits are by appointment only, and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.The Archives staff is available to provide ready reference and help with navigating the collections, however, researchers should be prepared to conduct their own research upon arrival.
Permissions & Publication
To publish archival materials, a Permission to Publish application must be made in writing to the Peabody Museum Archives, specifying the manuscript or excerpt. Publication is defined as any quotation used in a book, article, or doctoral dissertation.
The Peabody Museum Archives contain restricted materials, according to the federal privacy legislation passed in 1974. Therefore, researchers must seek permission before publishing or copying restricted information and are responsible for receiving written permission from the individual concerned or his or her heirs, legatees, or literary executors.
If quoting in a fair-use context, please verify citations with the Peabody Museum Archives.