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Archives Photo of the Week


By: Eric Schnittke

This week’s photo features an image from the Penn Museum’s excavations at Tikal in Guatemala. William Coe, former curator of the American Section at the museum, captured the excavation of an upside-down face sculpture in Structure 34 of the North Acropolis at Tikal. This image is featured in Archivist Alessandro Pezzati’s book Adventures in Photography: Expeditions of the […]

Wake Me Up When The Summer Ends


By: Eric Schnittke

With summer starting to fade to fall, the Penn Museum gladly says goodbye to the heat and discomfort of this past summer. The Archives would like to send off the season in the right way, with a look back at how the museum used to deal with its visitors during the heat (operative words: used […]

Art from the Archives: Northwest Coast and Inuit Prints and Drawings

Tim Paul
Silkscreen print on whitewove paper, 1993
Collected by Ruben Reina, Museum Expedition, 1994

By: Leanna Kolonauski

Stowed away in the Archives of the Penn Museum is an extremely interesting collection.  Prints of bold patterned scenes, affectionate polar bears swimming in the sea, and downright unusual images make up the collection of art made by indigenous people of the Northwest Coast.  This summer, as an intern in the archives, I had the […]

Mr. Kintner meets TedX


By: Kate Pourshariati

Recently the Archives department had a request for footage of Morocco, which turned out to be for a film about current day and historic use of water in Rabat. Once again Watson Kintner’s beautiful Kodachrome footage (1951, etc.) has had another outing in the world, this time returned to Rabat where the filmmaker has presented […]

Archival Pursuit


By: Amanda Ball

I ended up in the archives by chance. I was hoping to land a summer museum internship, so I leapt at the chance to work anywhere in the Penn Museum. When I was assigned to the archives, I didn’t know what to expect. I pictured myself looking scholarly, wearing glasses, going through the personal files […]

Mystery in the Stacks: A discovery is made in the Museum Archives

By: Amanda Ball

What do the world’s best mystery author and the Penn Museum have in common? A lot more than you’d think. Agatha Christie’s books are famous as being some of the most thrilling novels ever.  Readers through the generations have relished her whodunits. We sit on the edge of our seats as Poirot twiddles his mustache […]

A true translation: Updates on Matto Grosso (1931), and The Hoax (1932)

By: Kate Pourshariati

Regular readers of the Penn Museum blog may recall a post about an exciting film re-identification and discovery, in which we realized that the film that we thought was The Kid was really called The Hoax (1932) and that a copy was in the collections of the Smithsonian. By way of University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. […]

The Daily Pennsylvanian explores the secrets of the Penn Museum

By: Josh

  In the days leading up to Halloween, Julie Xie of The Daily Pennsylvanian took a tour of the Penn Museum’s galleries and storage rooms with its senior archivist Alex Pezzati. “If a ghost exists, this is a great place for them” Read More.

Remember the Fotomat?

By: Amy Ellsworth

Remember the olden days when you had to wait 3 grueling days to get your precious photos developed? Remember the poor person stuck in that Fotomat booth in the grocery store parking lot? I went to the Archives yesterday for a little light reading from our Historic Structures Report (to confirm whether or not the […]

Archives Vlog: Cyprus

By: Josh

From the Watson Kintner Collection. More info.

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