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Research—on the collections, through fieldwork, in the museum archives—lies at the core of the Kelsey Museum’s activities, stimulating exhibition plans and teaching strategies. Research projects are undertaken by the Museum’s professional staff, by University of Michigan graduate students (notably those enrolled in the Interdepartmental Program in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology), and by undergraduates as well. Numerous publications, ranging from the scholarly to the popular, have emerged from all these efforts. The holdings of the Museum, both artifactual and archival, also provide a wealth of information that may be of interest to scholars elsewhere.

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In addition to the Kelsey Museum Library, the University offers a wide array of other resources that support teaching and scholarship on the Kelsey collections. These include:

  • Fine Arts Library, a collection of more than 98,000 print and electronic resources in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts
  • History of Art Visual Resources Collection, containing thousands of images from the ancient world
  • U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, collections in anthropological archaeology including materials from all continental areas, with particular strengths in eastern North America and Asia
  • U-M Papyrology Collection, one of the largest such collections in the Western Hemisphere, containing more than 10,000 items
  • U-M Library, the University’s primary research collection in the humanities and social sciences, with over 3.5 million volumes
  • U-M Museum of Art, with holdings including ceramic vessels and tiles from Iran and Syria dating from the eighth through the eighteenth centuries
  • Archaeology at Michigan, a website highlighting the research, teaching, collection, and other archaeological resources at the University of Michigan