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Photo Archives Collections

The Library Photo Archives collection dates back to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. It comprises over 300,000 images in the areas of Anthropology, Botany, Geology, and Zoology. The collection also documents the history and architecture of the Museum, its exhibitions, events, staff and scientific expeditions.


The Field Museum contains one of the finest collections of Cameroon artifacts from the West African grassfields. The purchase included 332 ethnological photographs taken in 1912 and attributed to a man named Schroeder.
The Photo Archives has an extensive collection of anthropological images from the past and present.
 The Photo Archives has an extensive collection of botanical images from the past and present.
Carl Akeley worked at The Field Museum from 1896 to 1909, collecting and mounting animals for the Museum's exhibitions.  While working at the Field Museum he pioneered a number of advancements in the field of taxidermy.
Charles R. Knight (1874-1953) is recognized as the preeminent artist of prehistoric animals.  Knight was commissioned to create a series of 28 murals for the Field Museum which he began in 1926 and completed in 1931.
In the early 1900's, the four scientific departments collected in North, Central and South America, and Africa.
The Photo Archives has an extensive collection of geological images form the past and the present. 
This collection of sculptures and cast bronze figures by Mavina Hoffman depicting the peoples of the world, was comissioned in 1930 by Stanley Field the nephew of Museum Founder Marshall Field I.
Between 1895 and 1910, the Museum collected most of its Native American ethnological and archaeological material to augment the collections obtained from the World's Columbian Exposition.
The Worcester Collection is an extremely important and untapped resource for the study of Philippine anthropology
A collection of 800 original glass negatives that were shot between 1894 to 1925 and show Chicago and outlying areas’ flora, fauna, parks, and neighborhoods make up a large portion of the "Urban Landscapes" project. The images document architectural changes to (our old...
The Photo Archives has an extensive collection of zoological images form the past and the present.
A Photo Gallery documenting the Hall of Prehistoric Man