Smithsonian-Bredin Belgian Congo Expedition, 1955 : diary, March 26 - June 17, 1955

ID: SIA RU007231

Creator: Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1955

Citation: Waldo L. Schmitt Papers, 1907-1978

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The diary documents Waldo Schmitt's work during the Smithsonian-Bredin Belgian Congo Expedition, 1955. Entries cover March 26 - June 17, 1955. Includes information about travel through Europe on way to Africa. Entries are dated. Subject matter includes travel information, personal observations, interactions with acquaintances and colleagues during travel, descriptions of terrain and vegetation along route in Africa to Congo; participants and supplies; accommodations; photographs taken; names of scientists traveling with and their specialties; visits to coffee plantation; shrimp hunting; sometimes kilometers traveled during collecting; weather; and types and quantities of specimens. Includes sketches. Locations in Democratic Republic of the Congo include the vicinity of Stanleyville [Kisangani], Gada stream, Rwindi, and Wegania.

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 26, 1955

End Date

Jun 17, 1955

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  • Zoology
  • Shrimp


  • Wagenia, Île de
  • Rwindi
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  • Kisangani


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007231

Collection name

Waldo L. Schmitt Papers, 1907-1978

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 103