Diary, 1916

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William Mann, as a Sheldon Traveling Scholar, went on a entomological collecting trip to the Solomon Islands. He spent the majority of his time on the islands of Malaita San Cristobal collecting a wide variety of insects. The diary is arranged by date, giving descriptions of the island shoreline regions and interior "bush" where Mann collects specimens. He includes stories and details about his interactions with the local populations, and discusses the presence of ships that are recruiting natives as workers for whale boats, plantations and other operations. The end of the journal is organized by subject and includes discussion of recruiting, native names, wildlife by type, and locations visited.

Date Range


Start Date

May 19, 1916

End Date

Nov 24, 1916

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  • Entomology
  • Ethnology
  • Plants
  • Entomologists
  • Botany


  • San Cristobal
  • Malaita
  • Solomon Islands


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007293

Collection name

William M. Mann and Lucile Quarry Mann field books, 1914-1940

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 6 Folder 13