University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Archives Photo of the Week: Unearthed from the Archives

By: Eric Schnittke

May 1, 2014

Advertisement for library shelving in the Elkins Library
Penn Museum Image #245775

This Friday at 2PM, the Penn Museum Archives will open it’s doors to show off some of our treasures as part of a new program called “Unearthed from the Archives”. Each week, the archivists will choose a different item from the archives to present. We’re blessed with the gift of gab here in the archives and love sharing what we work with.

In honor of this new program, this week’s image is an advertisement featuring our current room. Before becoming the archives, our space was the home to the museum’s library, the Elkins Library. Storage space is always an issue in the library/archives/museum world and at one point, the library invested in stacks for the room. The company who provided the stacks featured the library in an advertisement for their product. Eventually, the library completely outgrew the space and the archives was moved in. So this Friday, come join us to see what our room looks like now and to learn about some of the museum’s exciting history.

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