The Archive and Library
Photos: Peabody Museum library, circa 1903 and Peabody Museum library, 2011. Photograph by Gil Talbot.
The Library consists of about 9,000 books, monographs and serials concerning archaeology and native cultures. It was initiated by Robert S. Peabody's mid-19th century collection. Many of the original volumes are rare or out of print.
Documents include original field records and maps, research notes, manuscripts, and correspondence. The museum houses papers from Warren K. Moorehead to Richard S. ("Scotty") MacNeish. The Image collection contains approximately 46,000 images. Of these, 500 are glass plate negatives, 1,500 are lantern slides, about 6,500 are negatives in several formats (including about 1,200 that are cellulose acetate or nitrate), roughly 32,200 are color transparencies, approximately 5,000 prints in various formats, plus a growing number of digitized images, CD ROMs, films and videos. These images portray archaeological fieldwork from 1880 to the present, ethnographic research, photo-documented objects in the collections and are products of past exhibition.