Russell E. Train Africana Collection
The Russell E. Train Africana Collection includes approximately 2,000 books and an extensive array of manuscripts, photographs, watercolors, sketches, maps, newspaper clippings, artifacts and other ephemera ranging from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries,
with a concentration on items relating to early British and American explorers.

The famous missionary David Livingstone and journalist Henry Stanley, as well as President Theodore Roosevelt, a renowned conservationist of his time, are well represented with numerous books by and about them, manuscript letters, privately printed materials, dozens of photographs and other ephemera. Some of the published books in the collection are presentation copies autographed by the author, while others have original artwork or engravings.

In December of 2008, many items from this collection will be featured in “The Art of African Exploration”, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The exhibit will be on view in the National Museum of Natural History as well as online at

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