Artstor Digital Library and the American Museum of Natural History are collaborating to share approximately 400 images of objects from the Museum’s Division of Anthropology and approximately 880 historical photographs from the Research Library’s Photo Archive.

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its foundation in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

Established in 1873, the AMNH’s Division of Anthropology holds more than 500,000 objects representing the peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands. The Division is concerned with all aspects of human behavior, past, present, and with an eye to the future. Its work is biological, socio-cultural, archeological, and linguistic. As one of the oldest departments of anthropology in the United States, its collections and archives are important resources for the history and continuing work of the discipline.

The selection of photographs from the AMNH’s Research Library stems from Picturing the Museum, a 2007 online exhibit. The images illustrate how the staff presented natural science to the New York City public and the reactions of that public, particularly the school children. The pictures, documenting dinosaurs to fashion history, also tell a story about the people of New York City as the twentieth century emerged. The Research Library now manages the historical photographs and is following in the tradition of the lantern slide lending library and school study collections to make the museum’s history and visual resources widely available for the people, for science, and for education.

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