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Collection Creator:
Train, Russell E., 1920-2012  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian. Libraries)  Search this
1 Item (Correspondence, 4.5 x 7 in.)
Item M003
Archival materials
circa 1874
Scope and Contents note:
The letter's recipient was apparently a tribal chieftain. The writer asks for permission to hunt in the vicinity of "Schashani." Describes the breakdown of his "waggon" and other difficulties. Sends the king two muskets and ammunition.
General note:
The author is unidentified, but is thought to have been Frank Oates, who was traveling through Matabeleland to Victoria Falls in late 1874. The letter has been tentatively dated to September or October of 1874.
Collection Rights:
The collection is housed in the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, which is open to researchers Monday through Friday in the afternoons, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.; morning visits are by appointment only. Please call (202) 633-1184 or email for an appointment.
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Russell E. Train Africana collection
Russell E. Train Africana collection / Series 5: Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
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