Akeley, Carl Ethan, 1864-1926
- Existence: 1864-05-19 - 1926-11-17
Carl Ethan Akeley (born May 19, 1864, Clarendon, New York— died November 17, 1926, Belgian Congo, Africa), taxidermist, sculptor, inventor, explorer, and naturalist, who led five expeditions to Africa, three of which for the Museum of Natural History where he gathered specimens for his African Hall Exhibition. He is the author of the book In Brightest Africa.
- Mounted first bird at approximately 12 years old (1), Clarendon, NY
- 13 years old. Borrowed a book on taxidermy and took painting lessons in Holley to make backgrounds (1), Clarendon, NY
- Began apprenticeship at Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Rochester, NY
- Intermission from Ward's where he worked for six months in the shop of John Wallace in New York City (1), New York
- Returned to Ward’s Natural Science Establishment where he remained for three years (1), Rochester, NY
- Arrived in Milwaukee and worked for Milwaukee museum (1), Milwaukee, WI
Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:
Mary Jobe Akeley papers
Mary Jobe Akeley papers, 1859-1940, reproduction
Microfilm of Mary Jobe Akeley papers (1859-1940) relating to Mary Jobe Akeley and her husband Carl E. Akeley.
Akeley Memorial Hall of African Mammals photographic slides
Primarily images from the dioramas in the the AMNH Akeley Memorial Hall of African Mammals with some interior views of the hall. Includes some images of preparator refurbishing Cheetah Group inside the diorama, 1974. Also includes 5 duplicate slides of black and white photographs depicting Carl Akeley in the field, a group photograph and an illustration of the African Mammal Hall.
Carl and Mary in Africa
Carl Ethan Akeley photographs, circa 1920s
Two portraits of Akeley and two photographs of flamingos in Africa.
Carl Ethan Akeley portrait
Wrapped package containing portrait of Carl Akeley.
Exhibition Tools and Materials
William King Gregory papers, 1889-1948 (bulk 1906-1948)
Mary Jobe Akeley photographs
Field photographs taken by Mary Jobe and Carl Akeley which include the Akeley-Eastman-Pomeroy and other African expeditions, portraitures, and American Museum of Natural History lab views of Carl Akeley's taxidermy.
Penelope Bodry-Sanders photographic slides of Carl Akeley's grave restoration
Possibly slides used for a presentation about Carl Akeley's grave restoration. Includes portraits of Carl Akeley, facts about his life, and the grave restoration.