Hunting Diary, 1911-1912

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This is the Game Hunting Diary 1911-1912 of C. H. Stigand. Pages are numbered. The diary was kept by Stigand during a shooting expedition in East Africa, commencing with his departure from London, on 13 November 1911 to 1 November 1912 when the record abruptly ceases at Tombe Musa. Entries are headed with date and include travel details (mode of transportation, accommodations, time of day), daily activities, individuals met until reaches collecting locations. Entries tend to be succinct, presenting information as a list of details. Contains a great deal of description regarding hunting elephant. His register in the front lists date and quantity of animals collected (hartebeest, warthog, waterbuck, etc.) as well as page numbers for entries relating to covering game being collected. |Includes loose inserts and parcel post receipts. During this time, as evidenced by five pages of notes at the rear of the diary, Stigand was writing The Land of Zinj. Entries describing collecting (hunting) often beginning with route information and include notes on collecting lepidoptera, descriptions of terrain, access to water, route traveled, descriptions of herds followed, hunts, interactions with local population or hunting party, and tracking and preparing elephants. Locations include Lokumi, Nyambula [Nigeria], Uganda, Oshi, Mzunga Mbogo. In the back of the notebook appears to be a list referencing when chapters were sent, noting place, date (posting), subject, and to whom sent.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 13, 1911

End Date

Nov 01, 1912

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  • Entomology
  • Zoology


  • Africa
  • Uganda
  • Nigeria
  • Nyambula


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

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