In 1886, Edouard Foà was hired by the Marseilles-based colonial trading company of Mante, Régis et Borelli to manage a trading post in Porto-Novo, Dahomey. From 1886 to 1890, Foà explored the French colony of Dahomey (now known as Benin) and the neighboring countries around the Gulf of Guinea. The photographs in albums 1 and 2 were taken during these four years. Album 1 (102 photoprints) covers the modern nations of Benin, Ghana, Togo and Sierra Leone, and also contains ten images of the Canary Islands and Madeira. Album 2 (56 photoprints) includes Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Senegal, Liberia and Ghana. Albums 1 and 2 contain ethnographic portraits, views of colonial institutions and scenes of daily life in West Africa
The 94 verascope images of Africa taken by an unidentified French explorer cover the French protectorate of Niger, the British protectorate of Nigeria, and the French colony of Mali. Towns featured in this collection are Zaria, Zungeru, Baro, Lokoja, Timbuktu, Sabon n'Birni, Maradi, Zinder, Bida and Badegui
Caption title. Map: Explorers of Africa in modern times. Area explained chiely by British Travellers in tinted in red. Shows routes proposed for exploration. Includes inset map of "British Isles on the same scale as larger map of Africa" and inset map of "The African Lakes and parts of rivers first explored during the last 30 years are marked in red.".
Scope and Contents note Photographs made by William F. Wheeler during his expeditions to Africa in July 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1998, mostly documenting the Efe of Akokora in the Ituri forest. Photographs relating to the Efe people of Akokora in the Ituri forest include images of Efe people, camps, musical instruments, dances, archery and poison arrows, hunting, barkcloth making and use, body marking, food, animals and plants of the rainforest, forest treks, villages (including Anduli, Dui, and Akokora). Other photographs include images of ceremonies (including an Olngesherr ceremony in the Loita Hills), Mbuti at Epulu, a Masai village in Kenya, William Wheeler's wedding to Linda Penn in a Masai village (1987), Berber nomads and scenic views in Algeria, markets and Tuaregs during a camel trip through Niger, and aerial views.
The letters discuss botanical specimens from that area and include several botanical sketches by Grant. The letters refer to news of other African explorers. Grant reports on the publishing progress of his Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition. He commends the work of W. Fitch of Kew Gardens who prepared the illustrations. He reports on the exploration work of the Royal Geographical Society and many other matters of African interest
The Historic Maps of Africa collection includes 78 maps and dates from circa 1631 to 1973. Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.
The papers consist of correspondence, research notes, bibliographies and photographs, principally relating to Edward Tabler's interest in the early history of South Africa and Rhodesia. Over half the letters to Tabler relate to his research and his correspondents include not only other scholars, but also the descendants of early explorers and settlers. These letters contain considerable substantive information, several illustrated with hand-drawn maps of southern Africa. Others discuss the political changes in Rhodesia (circa 1950-1970) from the point of view of the white minority. His research material includes typed transcriptions of nineteenth century South African diaries and manuscripts, his own notebooks and photographs, a bibliography of his writings, and biographical information.
Relief shown by shading and spot heights. Shows explorers' routes. Insets: Embouchure du Congo (carte annexe). Scale 1:1,500,000 -- Région entre Tchad et Nil. Scale 1:5,250,000. Accompanied by index: Carte du Congo français au 1/1.500.000e : notice et index alphabetique. Paris : Augustin Challamel, éditeur, 1895. 52 p. ; 25 cm. Loaned by the American Geographical Society to the Peace Conference at Versaille, 1918-1919