Archival Photographic Collections

Late Nineteenth– to Early Twentieth–Century Images

The Peabody Museum’s extensive photographic collection is a treasure trove of late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century photography, with more than 500,000 images from daguerreotypes to color, 35mm, and slide photography. Subjects include expeditions, indigenous peoples, and cultures spanning the globe. The photograph collection is generally considered to be one of the ten largest photographic archives documenting world cultures. The collection also includes photo documentation of the history of the Peabody Museum, its exhibitions, staff, and related archaeological expeditions and artifacts.

Collection Highlights

Follow the link to Frequently Requested Images or browse representative images from the following collections, which  may be viewed at Peabody Museum Collections Online. Please use the links and information below to narrow your search. 

The Marshall Family Expeditions to the Kalahari, 1950–1961.

 Marshall family with the Kalari

John Marshall with !Kung men and camera equipment, circa 1950–1955. PM 2001.29.254.

Laurence K. and Lorna J. Marshall Collection

Related exhibit: Regarding the Kalahari: The Marshall Family and the Ju/Wasi

Nineteenth-Century Indian Delegation to Washington, D.C.

Indian delegation

Little Crow: Che-tan-wa-ku-te-ma-na or "Hawk that Hunts Walking," 1810-1863 (left) and His Own Thunder: Wa-kin-yan-to wa, no date (right), Mdewakanton Dakota Nation. By Vannerson & Cohner (1857-1858) and Shindler (1867). PM 2004.1.125.22.

Related exhibit: Breaking the Silence: Nineteenth-Century Indian Delegations in Washington, D.C.. Exhibits online.

Carnegie Institute of Washington, Photographs, 1930s.

 Carnegie Institute Chitzen Itza photo

N. Colonnade, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, May 6, 1927. PM 58-34-20_31367/.

Images of the Peabody Museum Expedition to Copan, Honduras, 1891–1900.

 child seated at Altar S Copan

Child seated on Altar S, Copan, Honduras. PM 2004.24.242. 

Related online exhibit: Fragile Memories: Images of Archaeology and Community at Copan, 1891–1900. Exhibit online

Related online exhibit: Memorias Frágiles: Imágenes Arqueológicas y Comunitarias, Copán, Honduras, 1891–1900


Nineteenth-Century Japanese Art Prints by Baron Raimond von Stillfried.

 Japanese art prints

Japanese samurai in colorful armor, albumen print with applied color, circa 1865–1875. PM 2003.1.2223.396.

Related exhibit: A Good Type: Tourism and the Science in Early Japanese Photographs; Exhibit online

Field, Henry, Photographs of Marsh Arabs, Iraq, 1934.

 Marsh Arab children

Portrait of three Marsh Arab children from the Khazal area, Iraq, 1934). 53-26-60/15921.297.

Related exhibit: Field Photography: The Marsh Arabs of Iraq, 1934; Exhibit online

Wulsin, Frederick, Photographs from the Wulsin Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1923–1924. 

 Wulsin photographs from China

Merchant's family and young bride, May 1923. PM 56-55-60/15688.1.

Collections Online

Related exhibit: Portraits from China, 1923-1946: Photographers and their Subjects

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