National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937

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The scrapbook is a collection of assorted documents and materials relating to the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. It is organized chronologically, and begins with letter referring to the initial expedition proposal, and continues with correspondence, telegrams, programs, photographs, business cards, menus, postcards, news clippings of and about the trip. Pages usually list date and location; photographs include captions with additional information. Locations covered include: Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka Zoo), Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia (Belawan, near Prapat, Macassar, Atjeh [Aceh]), Thailand (Bangkok), and Egypt. Subject matter of photographs documents almost every aspect of the expedition from formal events to haircuts. Subjects include: portraits, local sites, homes, village and rural scenes, daily activities like fishing; children; indigenous people; animals including birds, snakes, tigers, water buffalo; care and transport of animals by land and see; personal accommodations; Rumphius' grave; and acrobats from Chinese circus.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 22, 1934

End Date

May 11, 1938

Access Information

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  • Zoos
  • Zoology
  • Ethnology
  • Wild animal collecting


  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Egypt
  • Malay Archipelago
  • Thailand


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Scrapbooks

Accession #

SIA RU007293

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 scrapbook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 23