Collection of 108 glass slides, covering Theodore Roosevelt’s African safari

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The collection consists of slides taken by a member of the Roosevelt party, some professionally prepared by Scott Studios in New York, some from the American Museum of Natural History Dept. of Education. A number of the slides are of John Goodwin drawings, in color. None of these were ever printed in color. They appeared in the early editions of African game trails. Includes 64 hand colored slides. These detail nearly all aspects of expedition life, individual and group portraits, campsites, maps, live animals, collected specimens, vessels, terrain where collecting, local inhabitants (Kikuyu [Kikuju]) in local dress and weaponry. Animals include rhinoceros, hippopotamus, primates, deer, gazelle, zebra, elephant. Few of the slides have labels, and images are undated. Locations include Nira; Nairobi RR. (Railroad?), map of British East Africa [Kenya]. Related individuals include Theodore Roosevelt, Philip R. Goodwin, and John Goodwin.

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  • Anthropology
  • Mammalogy
  • Kikuyu (African people)


  • Nairobi
  • Africa
  • Kenya


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Lantern slides
  • Maps

Collection name

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

Physical Description

108 lantern slides

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution. Libraries


Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History