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Thomas Hills' Travel Albums

 Collection
Identifier: WLU-Coll-PP-0159

Content Description

This collection consists of five folio sized albums of photographs taken by Thomas Hills, professor and later chair of the Geology department at Vassar College, N.Y. The photographs document his combined family vacation and academic research tour of the African continent, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean coast of Europe in 1929. While on the African continent, he documented the mining industry, general landscape, cities, villages, and indigenous peoples with stops in South Africa (and also Rhodesia), Uganda, Tanganyika (or Tanzania), Sudan, Kenya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Italy. Specific African cities and provinces toured were Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Zululand, Jinja, Fort Portal, Kampala, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Khartoum, Omdurman, Aswan, Karnak, Luxor, and Cairo. African geological, historical and industrial points of interest included Victoria Falls, Lake Victoria, Lake Naviasha, Lake Kyoga, the Nile and White Nile Rivers, Kimberley (De Beers) diamond mines, the grave of Cecil Rhodes, Zambezi River, Congo River, the temples of Abu Simbel, the temples of Luxor, Egyptian pyramids, Baalbek ruins, Jaffa Gate, and the Avenue of Sphinxes. Hills also specifically photographed the Kikuyu people of Kenya, the Acholi of Uganda, the Shilluk of Sudan, Bedouins in Syria, and Zulus in South Africa. During the Middle Eastern and European leg of the trip, Hills photographed Jerusalem, Damascus, Pompeii, Amalfi, Naples, and Venice and specific historic sites including Michelangelo Square, St. Mark's Square, the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Grand Canal.

Dates

  • 1929

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Extent

473 Photographic Prints (1 archival record box) : Photographic prints housed in 5 albums ; Photographic prints, 3" x 4"

Language of Materials

English

Physical Description

Photographs are gelatin silver prints.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Lexington VA 24450 USA