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Brief notes on a two months' African safari : Collecting the Desert Group for the American Museum of Natural History : typescripts [1935?, 1938?] / by William D. Campbell

Identifier: Mss .C36

Scope and content

Typescripts recount two of Campbell's expeditions: to East Africa, Dec. 1934-Jan. 1935; and to the Dunqulah region of Sudan, Dec. 1937-1938(?); primarily to collect specimens for the AMNH. Both reports are undated, and the account for the Sudan expedition appears to be unfinished. The reports mention Campbell's associates and co-leaders: hunter and photographer Alfred J. Klein in East Africa, and hunter Major W.V.D. Dickinson in Sudan. The appendix to the report on the East African expedition provides a list of equipment and itemized costs. Accompanying newspaper clippings from 1938 and 1939 contain photographs, including one of members of the 1937-1938 safari party and others showing specimens photographed or collected.

Brief notes on a two months' African safari. Equipment. Nairobi. Hunting in the Aberdares. Tanganyika. Mombasa and the coast. Appendix -- Collecting the Desert Group for the American Museum of Natural History.


  • 1935 - 1938


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Biographical sketch

William D. Campbell was an explorer and field associate in the AMNH Dept. of Mammalogy. Campbell led six expeditions to Africa in the 1930s, collecting specimens to complete the Akeley Memorial Hall of African Mammals.


1 Linear Foot (1 box) : 2 typescripts in one binder, (57, 8 leaves)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

AMNH Dept. of Mammalogy. Method of acquisition--Transfer;; Date of acquisition--1996..

General Note

Two typescripts in 1 binder.

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Collecting the Desert Group for the American Museum of Natural History.

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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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