Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers, 1904-1954 and undated

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Lantern slides and photographs document Arthur de C. Sowerby's work as a naturalist and expedition member, circa 1904 - 1954. Images cover multiple expeditions and hunting trips across China and Asia, as well as images taken for a journal, The China Journal of Science and Arts, Sowerby established after the war while in Shanghai. He edited the journal until the outbreak of World War II in 1941. |Materials document the collecting or observing of mammals, fish, fossils, vegetation, and birds. Subject matter frequently includes images of local inhabitants and vistas of terrain where collecting occurred. When captions are included, he will frequently list the names of participants photographed.|Only a portion of the materials in SIA RU007263 were cataloged. Those that were not cataloged include diaries, journals, publications, and correspondence that did not seem to mention field work, and other non-field documentation.

Date Range

1904, 1904-1954, 1904-1954 and undated

Access Information

Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at


  • Mammalia
  • Aves
  • Animalia
  • Plantae
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Fish




Collection record

Accession #

SIA RU007263


15 folders

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives