For Immediate Release

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Awarded $215,000 NEH Grant to Put Historic Photographs Online

(Cambridge, April 7, 2010) Hundreds of one-of-a-kind ethnographic and archaeological photos from around the world will be put online for the public and researchers, thanks to a new $215,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology photographic archive is a treasure trove of late 19th- to early 20th-century photography, featuring indigenous peoples and world cultures. Over time, the photographic collections have developed into a premier resource for national and international research.

“This grant gives us the ability to complete the preservation and access of the Museum’s core negative collection,” says Senior Archivist India Spartz. “It includes our oldest and most fragile images.”

The grant enables the Peabody Museum to begin the second phase of its long-term goal to preserve and make its entire photo archive publically accessible. One year ago, the Museum completed a multi-year (2006–2009) NEH Preservation and Access grant that allowed more than 30,000 images from the Museum’s core negative collection to be digitized, catalogued, and uploaded to the web, ending the first phase of scanning the Peabody’s remarkable photo archive. The core negative collection can now be searched at the Museum’s Collections Online database. The new grant will fund the scanning of the more than 25,000 remaining core negatives, a process that will include re-housing and cataloguing the negatives, and mounting the images online. Completing this work will reduce the need for handling the originals.

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.

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Prince Jon Markajon of Mirdita, with his wife, other and children (from Survey of Albania, 1929-1930), Peabody Museum Papers—Albania. Photo by Carleton Stevens Coon. PM 2004.24.20347


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