Miscellaneous black and white photos

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These are miscellaneous black and white photographs of Edmund Heller, compiled from several expeditions and field work. There is one long sequence of black bears together with cards, each with a caption either typed or handwritten on it. There are various small photos of Heller in Africa --with pygmies, with gorilla and chimpanzee he had shot. One photo shows 3 men, each with rifle, standing behind a dead male lion. Heller has written on the back in pencil: "Number Thirty Nine Paul J. Rainey's African Hunt pictures." Many are stamped on the back “H. H. Heller photo” or “New York Zoological Society”. Subject matter includes specimens, group and individual portraits, candid images of local inhabitants and foreigners. Many of the images appear to be from field work in Africa. One listed as Belgian Congo [Democratic Republic of the Congo]. Some are postcards from China. Identified locations include Shanghai, China; Belgian Congo; British East Africa [Kenya].

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  • Zoology
  • Mammalogy


  • Shanghai
  • China
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  • Kenya


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

Collection name

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

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1 folder

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Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History