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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers

Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Extent:
14.05 cu. ft. (20 document boxes) (20 3x5 boxes) (1 5x8 box) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scientific illustrations
Diaries
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Lantern slides
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Drawings
Place:
Mongolia
China
Shanxi Sheng (China)
Gansu Sheng (China)
China -- History$yRevolution, 1911-1912
Date:
1904-1954 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
These papers document the multi-faceted career of Arthur deC. Sowerby, especially his work as a naturalist and expedition member. They include correspondence, including a large amount with Robert Sterling Clark; fiscal records; material relating to his genealogical research and "The Sowerby Saga;" manuscripts, newspaper articles, and research notes, written by Sowerby; photographs and lantern slides; the papers of his third wife, Alice Muriel Cowans Sowerby; paintings, sketches, and poetry; and a notebook, a diary, and an autobiographical memoir.
Historical Note:
Arthur deC. Sowerby (1885-1954), naturalist, explorer, artist, and editor was born in Tai-yuan Fu, Shansi province, China, where his father served as a British Baptist missionary. After a brief stay at Bristol University, England, Sowerby returned to China and began collecting specimens for the Natural History Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, he was appointed to the staff of the Anglo-Chinese College at Tientsin as lecturer and curator of the Natural History Museum. He was a member of an expedition to the Ordos Desert in southern Mongolia in 1907, where he collected mammals for the British Museum (Natural History). In 1908, Sowerby joined American millionaire Robert Sterling Clark on an expedition into Shansi and Kansu provinces of north China. This began a long association with Clark who financed several collecting trips by Sowerby. Many of the specimens collected by the Clark-Sowerby expeditions were deposited in the United States National Museum. During the Chinese Revolution of 1911, Sowerby led a relief mission to evacuate foreign missionaries in Shensi and Sianfu provinces. During World War I, Sowerby served in France as Technical Officer in the Chinese Labour Corps. After the war, he settled in Shanghai and established The China Journal of Science and Arts, which he edited until the outbreak of World War II in 1941. During the war, Sowerby was interned by the Japanese Army in Shanghai. He came to the United States in 1949 and spent the remainder of his life in Washington, D.C. pursuing genealogical research which resulted in a family history, "The Sowerby Saga."
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Explorers  Search this
Naturalists  Search this
Genealogists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scientific illustrations
Diaries
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Lantern slides
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7263
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Folder 27 Zoology notes.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 4: MANUSCRIPTS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, AND RESEARCH NOTES, WRITTEN BY SOWERBY, 1922-1948, AND UNDATED. / Box 5
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PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This series consists of photographs and lantern slides taken and collected by Arthur deC. Sowerby. Much of the material documents Sowerby's career in China and includes photographs taken on expeditions; pictures of Sowerby and his family; various scenes depicting twentieth century China and Chinese culture; and many photographs of Chinese fauna. Many of the photographs were used in the publication of The China Journal. Also included are lantern slides of American Indians, particularly southwestern tribes. The photographs are arranged alphabetically.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7263, Series 5
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Box 6

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED.
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Untitled

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Photographs
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 6
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Folder 1 Andrews, Roy Chapman. Photographs taken on the third Asiatic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History, undated.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 6
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Folders 2-7 Bali and Java, 1930. Includes landscapes, village and city scenes, people, ceremonial dances, religious shrines, and flora and fauna.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 6
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Folders 8-15 Bali and Java, 1930.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 6
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Box 7

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED.
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Folder 1 Bali and Java, 1930.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 7
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Folder 2 Bats.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 7
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Folder 3 Bears. Includes photographs of Arthur deC. Sowerby with bears which he shot on a hunting expedition.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 7
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Folders 4-6 Birds.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 7
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Folder 7 Camels.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 7
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Folders 8-10 China, miscellaneous photographs. Includes landscapes and seascapes, city and village scenes, people, architecture, and flora and fauna.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 7
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Box 8

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED.
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Folders 1-7 China, miscellaneous photographs.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 8
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Box 9

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED.
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Folders 1-9 China, miscellaneous photographs.

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 42
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED. / Box 9
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Box 10

Collection Creator::
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7263, Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
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Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers
Arthur de Carle Sowerby Papers / Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS AND LANTERN SLIDES, 1908-1954, AND UNDATED.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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