Peabody Museum of Natural History
Division of Vertebrate Paleontology Collections

Restoration of Hesperornis regalis Marsh 1872, Plate XX in Odontornithes: A Monograph on the Extinct Toothed Birds of North America, by O.C. Marsh, 1880, U.S. Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Washington, D.C. © 2003 Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.

Web address
Location170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
HoursCall for information
Access policyBy appointment only
Email address
Number of photographsApprox. 250,000
Date range1860-present
Geographic coverage

Worldwide (specimens); primarily North America and Europe (people)


C.R. Savage; William Henry Jackson; Mathew Brady; portrait photographers from Europe and the United States (Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts); staff photographers; others


Photographic holdings in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology document the history of the collections and the collectors, and provide specimen and locality information for individual specimens. In addition to the Yale collections, there is also photographic documentation of the specimens and history of the Museum’s fossil vertebrate collection from Princeton University and, in part, the people associated with it, from 1860 to the present. Photographs also documents a portion of the early history of vertebrate paleontology in North America and specimens acquired by the Yale Peabody Museum.

Materials include photographs taken in the field as specimens were collected and in the museum for research and documentation. There are also images of curators, collectors, exhibitions and events involving the collections.

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