Archival Paper Collections

 Archival Map

Sketch of proposed camp structure at Awatovi, 1936. PM 995-11-10/99994.1.29.

Manuscripts, Correspondence, Data, & Field Notes 

The Peabody Museum Archives is continually working to provide electronic access to the collections through finding aids and digital imaging. Many of the Peabody Museum’s archival collections are not yet processed or available online. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work toward improved intellectual and physical access to the archival collections as resources are made available.

The paper collections include more than 1,400 cubic feet of manuscripts, correspondence, data, and field notes from the Peabody’s earliest expeditions, dating from late nineteenth century. Because many of the paper collections are not processed, visiting researchers may need to spend extra time working with the papers.

Finding Aids

For collections that are processed, Finding Aids provide information and detailed descriptions about the contents of manuscript and paper collections. The Archives tries to regularly upload Finding Aids online to OASIS (the Online Archival Search Information System), a union catalog of Finding Aids created by archival and manuscript repositories at Harvard. Collections represented on OASIS have links to the OASIS homepage. To learn more about OASIS and to view Peabody Museum Finding Aids online, follow the OASIS link, then click on “Peabody Museum Archives” from the "Limit by Repository" menu. The following is a sampling of online Finding Aids at the Peabody Museum Archives. Please see OASIS for a complete list of online Finding Aids.

Photocopying Policies & Fees

The Museum reserves the right to restrict the photocopying of restricted materials and materials deemed too fragile or deteriorated to withstand the copying process.

Per copy rate


First half-hour of copying

No charge

After the first half-hour

$15 per half-hour


  • Only Museum staff may photocopy archival materials.
  • The Peabody Museum cannot assume large-scale copying of its archival holdings. For such projects, researchers may arrange to have materials microfilmed for a fee.
  • Permission to obtain photocopies is subject to any restrictions that apply to the archival collections.
  • The Museum reserves the right to restrict photocopying materials that are deemed too fragile to withstand the copying process.
  • Photocopies are for research purposes only.

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Access Collections

Access to the Peabody Museum archival collections is coordinated by the Archives staff. Please explore the following information on Planning a Research Visit at the Peabody Museum Archives.