The Collections

Welcome to the Yale Peabody Museum collections! This is the home for over 14 million specimens and objects from 10 curated collections that tell the story of our Earth, its life, history, and cultures.

We invite you to learn more about each of our curatorial divisions and its collections and to explore our collections database portal.


Click on any of the images below to learn more about each collections division:


Office of Collections & Research

Several  departments support the Museum’s dedication to the preservation, documentation, and research of the Peabody’s many holdings. Each is staffed with museum professionals who contribute to the Peabody’s and Yale University’s commitment to collections stewardship.

The Peabody’s curatorial divisions are governed by the Museum’s collections policies and best practices document. Collections are available to researchers for scholarly use and loans are issued to individuals at established institutions. Loans and access can be arranged through the curatorial division’s collections manager.

Collections at the Yale Peabody Museum are stewarded by curators who hold faculty appointments in a Yale University academic department. The honorary titles of Faculty Affiliate and Curatorial Affiliate are granted to individuals who give of their time and expertise to a curatorial division. Affiliates are appointed by a vote of the Board of Curators and typically serve a 5-year renewable term.

The Yale Peabody Museum has an extensive and rich archive of materials related not only to the history of the Museum, the individuals involved in its founding, and the early days of its collections, but also to the early history of higher education in the natural sciences in the United States, especially in paleontology.

The Yale Peabody Museum is committed to providing broad access to its collections for teaching, learning, and research, and makes available a variety of digital assets and associated information for specimens, objects, and archival items housed in the Museum. For information and access to Peabody Museum archival material, contact the Peabody’s Archivist. Additional archival materials are also available through the Yale Library’s archives.

Much of the Peabody’s exceptional collections of over 14 million specimens and cultural materials have been photographically documented and can be found through an online search of the collections. Access to and use of Yale Peabody Museum digital assets are subject to our Terms of Use and governed by the Museum’s policies. Requests to reproduce Peabody Museum materials, including photography in the collections, should be directed to Yale Peabody Museum Permissions.

Barbara Narendra Archivist,
Archives
+1 203 432 729 barbara.narendra@yale.edu

Mailing Address

Permissions
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale University
P.O. Box 208118
New Haven, CT 06520-8118 USA
peabody.permissions@yale.edu

The Conservation Laboratory actively supports and promotes the Yale Peabody Museum’s mission to preserve and protect the collections entrusted to its care. The Lab is involved in all aspects of collections care and handling at the Museum. Care and treatment of specimens and cultural materials is guided by the principle that the integrity of an object should be preserved in every possible way. Because the Peabody collections are used primarily for research, our approach to the treatment of the collections is conservative. We are always aware of the research potential of the collections in our care and whenever possible nothing is done to impair or compromise it.

The conservator is involved in all aspects of collections care and handling—how specimens are stored, what materials will be in the display case, and whether they will travel by truck or airplane to another institution for study or exhibition, among others. Conservation work is multi-faceted, involving both active treatment and passive, or preventive, measures, as well as the development of new treatment techniques.

The Peabody’s Conservation Lab has collaborated with the Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage on several projects. One such project was the conservation, photographing, and rehousing of 180 tapa cloths—thin “cloths” created from the inner bark of trees that have been crafted for thousands of years in Oceania—from the Museum’s Division of Anthropology collections.

 

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 of the appropriate Division.

For facilities assistance contact:

Richard Boardman Operations Manager,
Operations / Facilities
+1 203 432 3782 richard.boardman@yale.edu


Contact

Collections, Research & Operations

Tim White Director of Collections and Research,
Collections / Research / Registrar
Richard Boardman Operations Manager,
Operations / Facilities
+1 203 432 3782 richard.boardman@yale.edu
Erin Gredell Registrar,
Collections / Research / Registrar
+1 203 432 3746 erin.gredell@yale.edu
Ken Kuester Materials Assistant,
Shipping & Receiving
+1 203 432 3759 kenneth.kuester@yale.edu


Research, Biodiversity Informatics, & More

Information Science

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Information Science

Learn about the Yale Peabody Museum's collections digitization efforts, data and web platforms, and biodiversity informatics capabilities.

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Scientific Publications

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Scientific Publications

Browse our rich collection of scholarly articles, books, journals, monographs and more.

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Virtual Exhibitions

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Virtual Exhibitions

During our renovation, our goal is to publish as many digital experiences and archive exhibition materials here.  Please check back throughout the coming months!

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Research & News

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Research & News

Learn about the groundbreaking academic research and the brilliant scientists at Yale who help make the Peabody a world-class scientific institution.

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