Interested in learning more about a specific collection or item at the Peabody? Or working with the collections in person? Collections at the Museum are available for teaching, research, publication, community engagement, and artistic endeavors.
The Peabody Museum provides access to the collections in a manner founded on respect for descendant communities and those for whom the collections hold cultural value. The nature and conditions of collections engagement must be consistent with the Museum's commitment to ethical stewardship and care. Visitors are encouraged to engage in active dialogue with the tribes or communities associated with the material they are studying.
Please review our guidelines below and contact us with your inquiry through our online Collections Access Request Form, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing at the Museum address in webpage footer. We also encourage you to identify collections of interest by browsing our Collections Online database and Collections Overview pages.Image: Peabody Collections Steward Meredith Vasta and Professor Shawon Kinew of Harvard's Department of History of Art and Architecture working with North American collections: bandolier bag 995-29-10/73425, moccasins 41-72-10/24363, stone pipe 69-31-10/2208, fan 14-10-10/85617, quilled box 995-29-10/73200A,B.
Inquiries about found items or collections not housed at the Peabody
Please note for legal, ethical, and best practice reasons, Peabody Museum staff and curators are unable to identify, authenticate, or appraise non-Peabody items. Please contact the regional branch of the Appraisers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers directly. If an artifact is from Massachusetts you may want to connect with the State Archaeology Program or the Massachusetts Archaeological Society for information.
For information on donating collections to the Peabody, please visit our Giving page.