Volume 4, “East Africa”, October 15, 1908 to March 19, 1909

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The journal is the fourth of eight volumes documenting the big game hunting of Major N. C. Cockburn in East Africa, October 15, 1908 - March 19, 1909, as well as his travel to and from Europe. Pages are numbered. The journal includes pasted inserts (photographs of local staff, terrain where hunting, specimens) and hand drawn maps. Journal entries are on the right hand side, and notes and data are listed on the left hand side of journal. Entries are dated and headed with location, and method or travel (sailing vessel) or activity, and distance traveled. They describe travel details (accommodations, times of day, mode of travel), personal impressions, and weather. Notes include a wide variety of information relating to travel and hunting including lists of supplies, copied reference information, and specimens collected (common and scientific name, sex, measurements). When describing hunting, he details terrain, vegetation, quantities of specimens collected, method of hunting, daily activities, and fauna observed (including fish). Locations include Molo River, Lake Hannington [Bogoria Lake], Simba, Somaliland, Fort Wall (Lana River).

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 15, 1908

End Date

Mar 19, 1909

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  • Molo
  • Simba
  • Somaliland
  • Kenya
  • Bogoria, Lake


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Maps

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History