Kermit Roosevelt Photographing a Damaliscus c. 1909

ID: SIA RU007179 [SIA2009-0225]


Form/Genre: Gelatin silver prints

Date: 1909

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7179, Image No. SIA2009-0225

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Pictured is Kermit Roosevelt standing atop a horse and taking a picture of a dead Damaliscus (antelope). Other members of the hunting party are assisting Kermit or resting in the background. Just after President Theodore Roosevelt's second term ended in March 1909, he set sail for British East Africa, serving as the commander of an expedition to obtain specimens for the Smithsonian Institution. An eminent big-game hunter, Roosevelt led a team that included his son Kermit, who acted as the safari's official photographer, and naturalist Edmund Heller, who was responsible for taking photographs, writing specimen descriptions, and caring for the large mammals they collected. The expedition's specimens were displayed in the Smithsonian's new United States National Museum that opened the following year.


Also known as: RU7179_box2_folder9 [SPI_535]

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7179, Image No. SIA2009-0225

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  • Hunting
  • Safaris
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  • Gelatin silver prints
  • Black-and-white photographs

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SIA RU007179 [SIA2009-0225]

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Gelatin silver prints 5.4h x 3.2w

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