Special Collections

Image 6433

Guide with camel, Central Asiatic Expedition, Gobi Desert, Mongolia. From a hand-colored lantern slide. (AMNH image no. 6433)

The Library's Special Collections consist of archival material relating to the history of the Museum, its scientists and staff, scientific expeditions and research, Museum exhibitions, education, and general administration. These archives include departmental records and manuscript collections of individuals closely associated with the Museum or with the history of natural science. In addition to the textual materials, Special Collections houses a growing Art and Memorabilia Collection; a large Photographic Collection of over one million images; a Moving Image Collection of 291 cataloged titles with thousands of additional films and videotapes, including viewing copies of select entries to the the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. 

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to conduct research within Special Collections, please refer to our Access and Policies page.

Digital Special Collections provides access to our rich online resource of archival photographic images, art and memorabilia images, and Rare Book Collection illustrations. For image, film, or permission requests please refer to Reproduction and Licensing.

Image 378

Table cases and arrangement of specimens on sloping shelves, Shell Hall. (AMNH image no. 378)