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About Us 

AMNH Digital Collections presents researchers a unique environment to discover, explore and remotely study rich selections of the Museum collection materials.  Items currently in Digital Collections are principally derived from originals in the Research Library’s Rare Books, Special Collections and Archives and include both digitized negatives and born-digital photographic imagery, moving pictures, sound recordings, rare book illustration, manuscripts, original art, Museum memorabilia, and other archival holdings.  The Library is dedicated to preserving records that document the science, research, public education as well as the history, activities, organization and people of the Museum, and making those records available to researchers. These collections provide unparalleled documentary evidence of the AMNH’s 150-year history and will continue to evolve and grow along with the institution.  


The AMNH Library recognizes that content presented in this collection may contain offensive, pseudoscientific beliefs that some scholars may have accepted in the past. These misconceptions are available here, as they were created, for scholarly research purposes and to better understand our shared history. 


The Digital Asset Management (DAM) system works with the Research Library’s other tools to manage collections (Archives Space), authorities (xEAC), and scientific publications (DSpace), as well as complementing collection databases throughout the entire Institution.  Support for the Research Library’s DAM is provided by the Leon Levy Foundation as part of the three-year Shelby White and Leon Levy Archive Initiative to promote the evolution, transformation, and expansion of the AMNH archive collections. 



Digital Asset Management (DAM) by Orange Logic