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Yale Peabody Museum Collections Policies

The collections of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History are available to legitimate researchers for scholarly use. Loans are issued to responsible individuals at established institutions. All loans are governed by the Yale Peabody Museum’s loan policy.

Arrangements for loans and appointments for access to collections must be made in advance through the collections manager of the appropriate curatorial division.

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All requests for permission to photograph specimens and objects in the Yale Peabody Museum collections for noncommercial personal and scholarly purposes (defined as without personal or corporate gain) must be submitted in writing. Direct requests in advance to the collections manager of the specific division.


For information about scheduling commercial location shoots contact Permissions.


Photography may be prohibited in certain collections. Unusual requests will require approval from the appropriate curator or curatorial designee or, in their absence, from the Director of the Yale Peabody Museum. The Yale Peabody Museum reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises.


The Yale Peabody Museum is working to implement Yale University’s policy on open access to digital representations of works in the public domain from Yale’s museum, library and archive collections. See our Terms of Use.



Please bear in mind that electronic collections data are only proxies for the actual specimens and artifacts, and although the online catalogs are checked regularly for discrepancies, no guarantee of accuracy is extended here. Contact the collections manager of the appropriate Yale Peabody Museum division if you have questions, particularly if you wish to publish using material obtained from this service.



If you use or reproduce Yale Peabody Museum materials in any format, we ask that you provide attribution to the Yale Peabody Museum and cite the author and source of the materials as you would material from any printed work. Please see the credit line provided in the record for each item.


Use the acronym “YPM” and the letter prefix with its 6-digit catalog number to cite Yale Peabody Museum specimens and artifacts, and include the URL “” in addition to any copyright and/or proprietary notices accompanying the materials. For example:


The type specimen for Torosaurus latus Marsh, 1891 (YPM VP 001830).

Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Natural History,

Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Yale University;


For scholarly publication, presentation or redistribution in any format of collections catalog data and digital assets obtained from Yale Peabody Museum web services, departments and divisions, we request that you send a courtesy copy to the collections manager.