Volume 5, “Lake Rudolf”, November 7, 1909 to May 28, 1910

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The journal is the fifth of eight volumes documenting the big game hunting of Major N. C. Cockburn at “Lake Rudolf”, November 7, 1909 to May 28, 1910, as well as his travel to and from London. Includes the journal and a typed copy of N. C. Cockburn's report of the "route from Baringo Boma to Adis Ababa [Ādīs Ābeba] along the East Shore of Lake Rudolf, December 21 1909 - April 20, 1910" and correspondence with the British delegation, Adis Ababa. The typed copy lists miles traveled, time, location, and journal like entry. These are not in full sentences, but detailed content relating altitude, temperature, weather, descriptions of terrain, details about water supplies, and available grazing. Location information also includes latitude and longitude. The report aligns with dates and locations in the journal. |The journal follows the format and content of his other journals. On the right hand side are journal entries, headed with with date, location and activity. Notes and reference information is recorded on the left hand side of the journal; these cover a variety of economic, geographical data as well as personal information about specimens collected and wildlife observations (including fish and birds). Journal entries describe weather, barometric readings,campsites, method of hunting, travel, personal impressions, travel challenges, interactions with staff and fellow travelers and Abyssinian [Ethiopian] local inhabitants. |There are pasted inserts, several in unidentified languages (non Latin alphabet). Locations include Baringo Boma, Montrouse, Abyssinian Boma, Urso. At the end of the journal is a combination of additional information including notes on Abyssinian country from Gullef at the North end of Lake Rudolf by Barco, Dalla to Diri Dawa to G(?) February 21 - May 15, 1910, and extensive lists of notes on survival rate of beasts of burden, supplies, distances, and other aspects of the trip. The journal is indexed by subject.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 07, 1909

End Date

May 28, 1910

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  • Ichthyology
  • Mammalogy


  • Rudolf, Lake
  • Ādīs Ābeba
  • Kenya
  • Baringo, Lake
  • Ethiopia


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution. Libraries


Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History