Sudan, 1913-4, volume 1

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This is the first of four sketchbooks of wildlife of Sudan, 1913-1914, by Abel Chapman. Sketches are in pencil. Entitled “The Savage Sudan” sketches of its big game and bird-life. First covers November 20, 1913 – January 29, 1914. Includes list of types and quantities of rifle cartridges used. Illustrations are of primates, large mammals (elephants, gazelles), birds, insects, sometimes in habitat. Occasionally images include notes about appearance, behavior, and color. Fauna are identified by common name. Often location and date is listed in caption, sometimes time of day or distance. Locations include Dinder River [Nahr ad Dindar], Hagedesh, Blue Nile Bluff, Telel. There are loose inserts of news clippings (advertisements).

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 20, 1913

End Date

Jan 29, 1914

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  • Entomology
  • Mammalogy


  • Dindar, Nahr ad-
  • Blue Nile
  • Sudan


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketchbooks

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 sketchbook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution. Libraries


Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History