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Lantern Slides from the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition, c. 1909-1910, 1989

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Smithsonian African Expedition (1909-1910)  Search this
Heller, Edmund 1875-1939  Search this
Loring, John Alden  Search this
Mearns, Edgar Alexander 1856-1916  Search this
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919  Search this
Roosevelt, Kermit 1889-1943  Search this
Smithsonian African Expedition (1909-1910)  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Lantern slides
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
c 1909-1910, 1989
This accession consists of 8 hand colored glass lantern slides from the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition. Also included are black-and-white prints made of the lantern slides by Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS) in 1989. On June 20, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Charles D. Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution concerning Roosevelt's proposed trip to Africa. Roosevelt offered to take two naturalist-taxidermists selected by the United States National Museum for the purpose of caring for specimens that might be acquired. The offer was accepted and eventually three naturalists were chosen to accompany the expedition. Edgar Alexander Mearns was selected as head naturalist and bird-collector, Edmund Heller was to care for the large mammals and John Alden Loring was to have charge of the small mammal collecting. The party left New York on March 23, 1909 and sailed for British East Africa, arriving on April 21. From there, the expedition traveled by the Uganda Railway to Kapiti Plains where their safari awaited them. The party followed a route that took them to Nairobi, the vicinity of Mt. Kenja, the Loita Plains, Lake Victoria, Lake Albert and up the Nile to Khartoum. The expedition broke up there on March 14, 1910. The official photographer for the expedition was Roosevelt's son Kermit Roosevelt, although other members of the party also took a number of photographs, especially Edmund Heller.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Safaris  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 06-093
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives