Welcome to the Archives

January 23, 2009

Welcome to the weblog of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives, our latest effort to give glimpses into our wonderful collections and to share news about upcoming projects.

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.

Stay tuned every Friday for a “Fun Friday Image of the Week” — an example of interesting work and accompanying explanation.