Peabody Receives IMLS Award


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

Cambridge, September 19, 2014. Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $150,000 to the Peabody Museum. The museum will use the grant funds to document and digitize approximately 20,000 objects in its anthropological collections. The information and and digital images will, in turn, be made accessible to researchers and the public via the museum's searchable E-Museum online website.  The project will help increase accessibility to the museum’s collections.  Among the objects targeted by this project are collections from New England and New York; select objects from Copan, Honduras; and targeted Old World lithic assemblages. Specifically, this includes collections from

  • the Whaleback Site in Damariscotta, Maine; 
  • the Neville Site in Manchester, New Hampshire, notable for augmenting knowledge of northeastern habitation by over 3000 years, and for serving as the lithic type-site for stone tool technology during the middle archaic period (ca. 7,700–7,100 b.p.);
  • the Silverheels and Ripley sites in New York, early-contact (1500–1700) Seneca village and burial sites excavated by Museum staff in the early twentieth-century;
  • the Paleolithic Mugharet el ‘Aliya, Moroccan cave site;
  • the Ksar Akil Lebanese rock shelter site; and
  • the Hieroglyphic Stairway Steps from Copan, Honduras.

Harvard's Peabody Museum houses one of the most important collections of archaeological and ethnographic objects in the world.  "We are so pleased, with IMLS as our funding partner, to be able to continue our work making this valuable resource for the study of world cultures accessible to students, faculty, researchers, and the general public through Peabody Museum’s Collections Online," said Kara Schneiderman, Director of Collections at the Peabody.

IMLS museum grants are highly competitiv and support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen community communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see:

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About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture. In 2012, the museum joined the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, a consortium of four museums in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. The four museums open to the public are Harvard Museum of Natural History, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Semitic Museum, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, together exploring Earth’s history, life, and cultures.

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Pamela Gerardi