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

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 06-093
Dates:
circa 1909-1910, 1989
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession consists of 8 hand-colored glass lantern slides from the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition. It is unclear as to who the photographer was. Also included are black-and-white prints made of the lantern slides by Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS) in 1989.

Historical Note
Historical Note
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.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-093, , Lantern Slides from the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Loring, John Alden. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mearns, Edgar Alexander, 1856-1916 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition (1909) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scientific expeditions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Safaris Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lantern slides Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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