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University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives

University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324
Telephone: 215 898 8304
Fax: 215 898 0657

Days and hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30-4:30

Please contact us to make an appointment if you are planning a visit.

Total volume: 2,500 linear feet; 750,000 photographs and other visual materials
Inclusive dates: 1820-present
Predominant dates: 1887-present

The archives’ collections document archaeological and anthropological fieldwork as well as the administrative and collections history of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Archival organization reflects the museum’s curatorial divisions: Egypt, Near East, Mediterranean, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Field documents begin with the first American excavations in the Near East: Nippur, Iraq, 1889-1900 and continue to document Penn’s expeditions throughout the world through the present.

Our photo archives include three-quarters of a million images. In addition to images of museum objects and photographs from Penn-sponsored expeditions, the photographic archives include major collections by Maison Bonfils, William Henry Jackson, John K. Hilliers, Edward S. Curtis, Giorgio Sommer, Desire Charnay, Fratelli Alinari, Lehnert & Landrock, Jessie Tarbox Beals, and other important figures in the history of photography.

The images on this blog are, in most cases, protected by United States copyright. Please contact the archives for permission to re-distribute these images.

Alessandro Pezzati, Museum Archivist:
Eric Schnittke, Assistant Archivist:
Kate Pourshariati, Film Archivist:

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