ARTstor has released nearly 7,200 images from the Peabody Museum of Natural History’s permanent collection and photographic archives in the Digital Library. The images include approximately 420 images of African art, such as textiles, costumes, basket and bead work, weapons, tools, and ritual objects. The Museum is also contributing approximately 10,000 images from its archival collections, a majority of which consist of archaeological and ethnographic objects from throughout the Caribbean, including Antigua, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and other islands, as well as northern South America. The collection will also include documentation of specimens of dinosaurs and mammals, as well as depictions of the same in the famous murals that adorn the Museum’s Great Hall—Age of Reptiles and Age of Mammals by Rudolph Franz Zallinger (1919-1995). In addition, ARTstor is sponsoring a pilot project to produce three-dimensional imagery for African objects housed at the Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. Through an ongoing collaboration, both museums seek to provide greater access to their unique permanent collections and develop an integrated digital collection in ARTstor that brings together materials currently housed at separate Yale institutions.
The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University was founded in 1866, through a gift from philanthropist George Peabody. By 1925, the Museum moved to its current location, which boasts a two-story Great Hall large enough to display Marsh’s massive dinosaur skeletons. Today, the Museum’s permanent collection includes over 11 million specimens in anthropology, botany, entomology, geology, mineralogy, ornithology, paleobotany, paleontology, zoology, planetary science, and historical scientific instruments.
View the collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/yale_peabody.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University) page.
Other collections from Yale University:
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Collection (Harvard University)
- Hill Ornithology Collection (Cornell University Library)
- Herbert Cole: African Art, Architecture, and Culture (University of California, Santa Barbara)
- Christopher Roy: African Art and Field Photography
- Giza Archaeological Expedition Archive (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
- Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas (Natural History Museum, London)
- Richard F. Brush Art Gallery (St. Lawrence University)
- First Fleet Collection (Natural History Museum, London)