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Russell E. Train Africana collection

Creator:
Train, Russell E., 1920-2012  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian. Libraries)  Search this
Names:
Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1887-1889)  Search this
Akeley, Carl Ethan, 1864-1926  Search this
Baines, Thomas, 1820-1875  Search this
Baker, Samuel White, Sir, 1821-1893  Search this
Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890  Search this
Du Chaillu, Paul B. (Paul Belloni), 1835-1903  Search this
Dugmore, A. Radclyffe (Arthur Radclyffe), 1870-1955  Search this
Glave, E. J. (Edward James)  Search this
Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939  Search this
Livingstone, David, 1813-1873.  Search this
Nelson, Robert Henry, 1853-1892  Search this
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919  Search this
Selous, Frederick Courteney, 1851-1917  Search this
Stanley, Henry M. (Henry Morton), 1841-1904.  Search this
Train, Russell E., 1920-2012  Search this
Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972  Search this
Extent:
6,500 Items (estimated)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Africa -- Maps
Africa -- description and travel
Africa -- Discovery and exploration
Africa -- In art
Date:
1663-2004
Summary:
Manuscript and printed textual material, photographic prints and negatives, slides, audio tapes, film, original and reproduction artwork, maps, scrapbooks, and historical and natural artifacts related to the history of African exploration and natural history, dating primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes correspondence, drafts of publications, diaries, account books, ephemera, posters, newsclippings, biographies, memoirs, portraits, and the former personal property of selected explorers, big game hunters, missionaries, pioneers, and naturalists in Africa.
Scope and Contents note:
Manuscript and printed textual material, photographic prints and negatives, slides, audio tapes, film, original and reproduction artwork, maps, scrapbooks, and historical and natural artifacts related to the history of African exploration and natural history, dating primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes correspondence, drafts of publications, diaries, account books, ephemera, posters, newsclippings, biographies, memoirs, portraits, and the former personal property of selected explorers, big game hunters, missionaries, pioneers, and naturalists in Africa. The Train Collection is particularly strong in archival materials on the following topics: the search for the source of the Nile and the progress of other exploring expeditions in Africa; the collecting of specimens of African animals, plants, and ethnological materials for zoos and museums (including a significant body of correspondence and photographs from the Smithsonian African Expedition in 1909-1910, led by President Theodore Roosevelt); and the growth of the African wildlife conservation movement. Besides Roosevelt, the major persons represented in the Collection include the journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley and members of his Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (Thomas Heazle Parke, Robert H. Nelson, James S. Jameson, John Rose Troup, William Bonny, William G. Stairs, Edmund Barttelot, and Arthur J. M. Jephson); the medical missionary Dr. David Livingstone and his father-in-law Robert Moffat; taxidermist Carl Akeley; zoologist Edmund Heller; hunter Frederick Courtenay Selous; artist and adventure writer A. Radclyffe Dugmore; explorers Samuel White Baker, Thomas Baines, Richard Francis Burton and E.J. Glave; anthropologist Paul Belloni du Chaillu; and royal traveler Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor). Consult the finding aid for more specific information on materials relating to these persons and other people and organizations represented in the Collection.
Arrangement note:
Organized into ten series, primarily based on format or creator: I. Artifacts, 1663-1999; II. Works of Art, 1663-1999; III. Books, 1900-1986; IV. Edmund Heller personal papers, 1875-1939; V. Manuscripts, 1663-1992; VI. Maps, 1878; VII. Newspapers, 1888-1987; VIII. Robert Henry Nelson personal papers, 1795-1912; VIII. Photographs, 1874-1963; IX. Posters and broadsides, 1814-1955; X. Russell E. Train personal papers, 1956-2004.
Separated Materials note:
In addition to these archival and non-book materials, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries acquired more than 1500 printed books as part of the Russell E. Train Collection; these books are listed individually in the SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information System) online catalog.
Provenance:
Originally assembled by the Honorable Russell E. Train, a former judge, top administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a past president of the World Wildlife Fund, this collection was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in 2004.
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 AskaLibrarian@si.edu for an appointment.
Topic:
Zoological specimens -- Collection and preservation -- Africa  Search this
Wildlife conservation -- Africa  Search this
Natural history -- Technique  Search this
Natural history -- Africa  Search this
Hunting -- Africa  Search this
Explorers -- Africa  Search this
Identifier:
SIL-CL.XXXX-0014
See more items in:
Russell E. Train Africana collection
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-cl-xxxx-0014
Online Media:

Robert Henry Nelson autograph letter (copy), signed to the Marquis of Salisbury from Captain Nelson, 12 May 1890

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Author:
Salisbury, Robert Cecil Marquess of 1830-1903  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (2 pages) 7.75 x 10 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1890
Topic:
Military decorations  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044801

Robert Henry Nelson list of travel expenses

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (2 pages) 4.5 x 7 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Manuscripts (document genre)
Date:
188u
Call number:
NelUncat007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044803

Robert Henry Nelson trip schedule listing European countries

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (1 page) 5 x 8 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Manuscripts (document genre)
Place:
Europe
Date:
188u
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044804

Alexander Murdoch Mackay autograph letter signed to Captain Robert Henry Nelson, 5 January 1890

Author:
Mackay, A. M (Alexander Murdoch) 1849-1890  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (4 pages) 6.25 x 8 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Place:
Africa
Date:
1890
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044805

Henry Nelson telegram to Captain Robert Henry Nelson, 2 December 1889

Correspondent:
Nelson, Henry active 1889  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (1 page) 8.5 x 11 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Telegrams
Place:
Zanzibar
Tanzania
Date:
1889
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044806

Robert Henry Nelson letter to Baua Ismaili, to be read by Captain Nelson to the boy Sheriff who will put it into Swahilli proper for [illegible] presence of Ismaili

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Author:
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (3 pages) 8 x 10 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Place:
Africa
Date:
188u
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044904

Robert Henry Nelson autograph letter signed to Henry Morton Stanley, 31 July 1889

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Author:
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (1 page) 8.25 x 10.25 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Place:
Africa
Date:
1889
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044905

"With Stanley in Africa."

Author:
Hoffman, William 1867-1941  Search this
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Former owner:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892 DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hoffman, William 1867-1941 Travel  Search this
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
1 item 14.5 x 2.25 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings (information artifacts)
Place:
Africa
Date:
1907
Topic:
Cannibalism  Search this
Travel  Search this
Call number:
NelUncat001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044906

Henry Morton Stanley group photograph with natives

Former owner:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892 DSI  Search this
Author:
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Physical description:
1 photograph 6.25 x 4.75 in
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Portraits
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
188u
Call number:
NelPh007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044907

Tippu Tip photographic portrait

Photographer:
Figge, Charles  Search this
Author:
Tippu Tip 1837-1905  Search this
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Tippu Tip 1837-1905  Search this
Physical description:
1 photograph 4.25 x 6.5 in
Type:
Pictorial works
Portraits
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa, East
Date:
188u
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Slave traders  Search this
Call number:
NelPh004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044910

Henry Morton Stanley photographic portrait

Photographer:
Passingham, Edmund John  Search this
Former owner:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892 DSI  Search this
Author:
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Physical description:
1 photograph 5 x 7.25 in
Type:
Pictorial works
Portraits
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa
Date:
1886
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Call number:
NelPh003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044911

Robert Henry Nelson, Arthur Jermy Mounteney Jephson, and William Grant Stairs group photograph

Author:
Jephson, A. J. Mounteney (Arthur Jermy Mounteney) 1858-1908  Search this
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Stairs, William G  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Jephson, A. J. Mounteney (Arthur Jermy Mounteney) 1858-1908  Search this
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Stairs, William G  Search this
Physical description:
1 photograph 20.5 x 24 in
Type:
Pictorial works
Portraits
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa
Date:
1890
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Call number:
NelPh002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044912

Henry Morton Stanley, Robert Henry Nelson, Arthur Jermy Mounteney Jephson, and William Grant Stairs group photograph

Author:
Jephson, A. J. Mounteney (Arthur Jermy Mounteney) 1858-1908  Search this
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Stairs, William G  Search this
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Jephson, A. J. Mounteney (Arthur Jermy Mounteney) 1858-1908  Search this
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Stairs, William G  Search this
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Physical description:
1 photograph 8.25 x 6.5 in
Type:
Pictorial works
Portraits
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa
Date:
1890
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Call number:
NelPh001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044913

Newspaper clipping from the Yorkshire post, 18 February 1892, confirming Nelson's appointment to service in the Imperial British East Africa Company

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Imperial British East Africa Company  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item 3.25 x 5 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings (information artifacts)
Date:
1892
Call number:
NelN002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044916

E. Palmer typed letter signed. Cairo, 22 December 1891, concerning Robert Henry Nelson's application for employment in the Egyptian Service

Author:
Palmer, E. active 1891  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (2 pages) 4.5 x 7 in. (document), 4.5 x 3.75 in. (envelope)
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Place:
Egypt
Great Britain
Date:
1891
Topic:
Diplomatic relations  Search this
Foreign relations  Search this
Call number:
NelM019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044923

Henry Morton Stanley letter of reference [for Robert Henry Nelson]

Correspondent:
Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton) 1841-1904  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (2 pages) 8 x 13 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1891
Call number:
NelM018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044925

Robert Henry Nelson autograph letter signed to his father Henry Nelson, 3 November 1892, wishing all a Merry Christmas, relating experiences with natives and referring to his proposed marriage

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Henry active 1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (4 pages) 8 x 9.5 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1892
Call number:
NelM017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044926

Robert Henry Nelson autograph letter signed to his father Henry Nelson, 1 June, 1892, informing him that the Administrator General had agreed with his actions

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Henry active 1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (3 pages) 8 x 9.5 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1892
Call number:
NelM016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044927

Robert Henry Nelson autograph letter signed to his father Henry Nelson, 18 May 1892, relating his confrontation and skirmishes with natives

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Author:
Nelson, Henry active 1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 item (6 pages) 8 x 9.5 in
Type:
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1892
Call number:
NelM015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044928

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