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The National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with EDSITEment and Thinkfinity, has identified this website "as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities." Over 240,000 objects have been digitally imaged and are accessible online through the Collections Database.

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Today's Object from the Collections

The Division of Anthropology is concerned with all aspects of human behavior, past, present, and with an eye to the future. Our work is biological, socio-cultural, archeological and linguistic. As one of the oldest departments of anthropology in the United States, our collections and archives are important resources for the history and continuing work of our discipline.

Established in 1873, only four years after the Museum's founding, the Division has acquired over 500,000 objects representing the peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Islands. [Learn about History of the Collections]

Generous support for creating digital images of artifacts, archival documents, and photographs has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. [Learn about Digital Imaging in the Division of Anthropology]

Curatorial Research

Curators in the Division of Anthropology conduct research around the world in the areas of Ethnology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology.


Search bibliography of anthropological studies published by the Division of Anthropology such as Anthropological Papers, Bulletin, Memoirs, James Arthur Lectures on the Evolution of Human Brain. Over 200 of them are available for downloading free of charge.


Search Archives Finding Aids, read transcripts of Frederick Starr's field notebooks from Congo Expedition (1905-1906), browse original Laufer's Guide to the Southwest Gallery (Chinese Hall) and Otto Finsch archive (catalog, drawings, watercolor paintings) compiled during Pacific Expeditions (1879-1885).


Photographs from Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902) and Lang-Chapin Congo Expedition (1909-1915).

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