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The collections in the Division of Anthropology at the Yale Peabody Museum are stewarded by 6 curators, all of whom hold faculty appointments in a Yale University academic department. The Division also benefits from the active participation of 3 emeritus curators. One of the board of curators serves as director of the Division, overseeing administrative functions.


The Yale Peabody Museum’s collections are available to legitimate researchers for scholarly use. Loans are issued to responsible individuals at established institutions. Loans and access to the collection can be arranged through the Collections Manager.


The Peabody Museum of Natural History is dedicated to and actively engaged in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The law guarantees Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian groups and lineal descendants a voice in the disposition of culturally affiliated human remains and specific types of objects in the custody of museums.


The Anthropology Division of the Peabody Museum of Natural History is undergoing a major renovation that will impact all collections, archives, and offices.  We regret that we will be closed to outside visitors for the next two years, and our ability to respond to research requests or loans will be severely limited.


The renovation will not affect the NAGPRA consultation or repatriation process. Please direct consultation inquiries to Jessie Cohen. Formal repatriation requests should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Director.


Thank you for your patience while the museum upgrades its facilities.