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A taxidermist’s working life in the 19th Century

A taxidermist’s working life in the 19th Century

From the Edinburgh University Press Journals Blog

An April article in Archives of natural history gives a fascinating insight into the life of Charles Francis Adams, a young American who prepared, stuffed and mounted the skins of birds and mammals for display. It also details the early years of the Auckland Museum in New Zealand.

“A copy of Adams’s diary of his New Zealand trip survives at the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, University of Illinois Library, Urbana. The diary begins on 10 December 1884, with Adams’s departure from Illinois, and daily entries continue until 12 July 1885 covering the first six months of his employment at Auckland Museum.”

B.J Gill, Archives of natural history. Volume 41, Page 1-16 DOI 10.3366/anh.2014.0206

>> READ THE ARTICLE FREE: Charles Francis Adams: diary of a young American taxidermist visiting New Zealand, 1884–1887