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[Letter] : New York [N.Y.], to Francis Nathan

Identifier: Mss .D88

Scope and content

The letter is one handwritten, signed sheet, addressed to "My dear friend Francis.". The subject is personal, accepting Nathan's invitation to visit, and referring to himself as "your friend from the gorilla country." Included with the letter is a fragment, signed by du Chaillu, addressed to "My dear old friend Francis Nathan" and dated Aug. 30, 1900.


  • 1896 March 17


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Biographical sketch

Paul B. du Chaillu was an explorer, traveler and writer, known for hunting gorillas. Du Chaillu was probably born in France, and traveled with his father to Gabon while in his teens. In 1855 he organized his own expedition, returning to Gabon and collecting the first complete skeleton of a gorilla. He made a third expedition to Gabon and Central Africa, 1863-1865, and traveled in Scandinavia during the 1870s. Du Chaillu wrote six books on his African adventures and four on Scandinavia. In 1901 he began preparations for travels in Russia; he died in Saint Petersburg.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box) : 1 item ; 19 cm.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Emily S. Nathan. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--1924..

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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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