Smithsonian-Firestone Expedition to Liberia, 1940

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This is part of a scrapbook from the Smithsonian-Firestone Expedition to Liberia, 1940. Lucile Mann collected news clippings, correspondence, and photographs documenting expedition and press coverage. Photograph subject matter includes: the expedition at camp and preparing to embark to next site; a man making animal cages from palm fiber; local people of Bendaja and Bellyella [Belle Yella]; and girls returning from the Grigri bush. News clippings are mostly from the Washington Post, and cover topics of the expedition dealing with legionary ants; collecting of water olivets, pygmy hippos, and birds; and the Manns' initiation in to a Snake Club, which is discussed in the expedition diary in the collection. Photographs have detailed captions, and in several cases are a variation of photographs found in the expedition photograph album that is part of this collection.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 30, 1940

End Date

Nov 30, 1940

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  • Zoos
  • Zoology
  • Wild Animal Collecting


  • Liberia
  • Belle Yella
  • Bindaja
  • Grigri


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Scrapbooks

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 24