19th-Century Negatives

Scanning Core Negatives at the Peabody Archives

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Of the estimated 500,000 images in the photo archives, a group of approximately 30,000 negatives constitute some of the Peabody's oldest, largely 19th-century, images and are referred to as the "core collection." The core collection includes historical views of the Peabody Museum showing Peabody-sponsored expeditions in the Americas and abroad, and early anthropological and archaeological fieldwork that documents many of the objects in the Peabody’s vast three-dimensional collections. This collection also includes early interiors, exhibits, and Peabody Museum associates working in the field. The core negatives also include 10,000 glass plates dating to the mid-1880s and 1890s.

In 2006, the Peabody Museum Archives received a Preservation and Access grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize the nineteenth-century collection at the Peabody, consisting of archaeology and anthropology worldwide.