Volume 1, Cockburn, Major N. C., detailed journals of a big game hunter

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The journal is one of eight volumes documenting the big game hunting of Major N. C. Cockburn. Volume one covers "around the world." The journal includes pasted and loose inserts of ephemera, correspondence, postcards, and photographs. Entries are dated and headed with location. These describe daily activities and extensive travel details including accommodations, method of travel, distance covered, hand drawn maps depicting routes, social interactions, as well as details about tracking big game. Throughout the journal Cockburn maintains lists of information about travel covering reviews of hotels, as well as economic and population data on countries. The voyage described extends through the English channel, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Red Sea, and though Asia to the United States. Information relating to hunting is primarily in Kashmir, Ladak [Ladākh], and India. Descriptions include weather, terrain, campsites, along with extensive lists about types of fauna common to those regions and personal impressions. Specimen details include type (sometimes with local name), appearance (color), and measurements of body and horns (sometimes 4 types), with additional details like elevation. Also lists birds seen in area. Includes illustrations of bridge construction.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 03, 1900

End Date

Feb 19, 1906

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Kashmir
  • Ladākh
  • India


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Memorabilia
  • Postcards
  • Black-and-white photographs

Collection name

Russell E. Train Africana Collection, 1663-1996, Smithsonian Institution Library, c. 1894-1939

Physical Description

1 journal

Physical Location

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Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History