Photographs of 1930 expedition to Uganda, Eastern Belgian Congo, and the Sudan to collect zoological and botanical specimens for the British Museum of Natural History

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Abstract

Photographs of a 1930 expedition to Uganda, Eastern Belgian Congo [Democratic Republic of Congo], and the Sudan to collect zoological and botanical specimens for the British Museum of Natural History. Approximately 240 photos, mostly labeled, on front and verso. A newspaper article about the expedition tipped in. Descriptions detail a combination of location and subject matter. Photographs depict terrain (coast lines of lakes and rivers), vegetation, specimens collected (wart hogs), candid images of local staffing (i.e. gun bearers, porters) and hunters, group portraits of "half-pygmies" from Ruwenziri mountains, members of expedition (some identified),and specimen preparation. Sometimes descriptions include elevation. Terrain includes wetlands, rivers, woods. Views in Morrocco include vista of towns. Many of the photographs lack captions. Locations include Fort Portal, Semliki River, Uganda; Belgian Congo; Luhulu River; Morocco (1931); Sudan, Dongola [Dunqulah] (1932).

Date Range

1930-1932

Start Date

1930

End Date

1932

Access Information

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Topic

Mammalogy

Place

  • Morocco
  • Semliki
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  • Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Luhulu
  • Fort Portal
  • Dunqulah

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Photograph albums

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 photograph album

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution. Libraries

Sublocation

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History