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Seligman, Charles Gabriel, 1873-1940 (ethnologist)



  • Existence: 1873 - 1940


Charles Gabriel Seligman (1873-1940), ethnologist, was part of A.C. Haddon's Cambridge anthropological expedition to the Torres Strait and Borneo in 1898. He led an anthropological expedition to New Guinea in 1904, and in 1906 was asked by the Ceylon government to make an ethnological study of the Veddas. Seligman was Professor of Ethnology in London University, 1913-34, and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1923-25.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Charles Gabriel Seligman: Ethnological Notes

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9396
Scope and Contents

Typescript notes on ethnological sources, letters and other papers.

Dates: 1910-1940 (circa)
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Letter to Rivers from C. G. Seligman about the behaviour of butterflies, 1918-12-02

Reference Code: GBR/3377/WHRivers/3/20
Scope and Contents

Seligman, who had accompanied Rivers on the expedition to the Torres Sraits, observes that tortoise-shell butterflies continue to hover around the nettles on which the caterpillars of the species feed, and proposes a theory that the nutritional interest has been replaced by a reproductive one. He writes that he would like to develop the theory by testing the sex of the butterflies hovering over the nettles to verify if it is both the males and the females that do this.

Dates: 1918-12-02

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