University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Alexandra Fleischman

Women Archaeologists in the Early Days of the Museum

By: Alexandra Fleischman

A portrait of Sara Yorke Stevenson (1847–1921) hangs in the Penn Museum Archives, a tribute to this dynamic woman’s crucial role in the Museum’s history. The first Curator of the Egyptian and Mediterranean Sections and the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Penn (in 1894), she would later serve the Museum as Secretary, […]


A Brief History of the Penn Museum

By: Alessandro Pezzati and Jane Hickman and Alexandra Fleischman

The founding of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was part of the great wave of institution-building that took place in the United States after the Civil War. It was an outgrowth of the rising prominence of the new country and its belief in the ideals of progress and manifest destiny. The 1876 […]