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Crosby, Oscar Terry, 1861 -1947 (traveller and writer)



  • Existence: 1861 - 1947


Oscar Terry Crosby was born in April 1861 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, United States. He graduated from the US Military Academy. He took a law degree. Crosby married Jeanne Bouligny in 1886. The following year he resigned from the army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Engineers. He was employed as general superintendent of Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Co. He also became general manager of the railway department of General Electric Company. He was president of local electric railway and light companies and several public utilities corporations. In 1915 he was director of the Commission for the Relief in Belgium. In 1917 he was assistant secretary of the Treasury in charge of fiscal bureau. From November of 1917 to March 1919 he was president of the Inter-Ally Council on War Purchases and Finance.

Crosby was a keen explorer. In 1900 he visited areas of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and Soudan (also known as Sudan). In 1903 he travelled to Turkestan and Tibet. In 1915 he went on an expedition to Borneo. In 1927 he visited South West Africa (now Namibia). Crosby died in January 1947 ('Who was who in America' 1950, p.136).


Crosby, Oscar Terry (1892), 'The electric railway in theory and practice'. New York: W.J. Johnston Co.

Crosby, Oscar Terry (1905), 'Tibet and Turkestan, journey through old lands and a study of new conditions'. New York; London : G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Crosby, Oscar Terry (1910), 'Strikes: when to strike, how to strike, a book of suggestion for the buyers and sellers of labour'. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Crosby, Oscar Terry (1919), 'International war, its causes and its cure'. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited.

Crosby, Oscar Terry (1926), 'Adam and Eve'. Boston: Stratford Company.


'Who was who in America' (1950). Chicago: A.N. Marquis and Company.

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Photographs of Bushmen, Herero and Ovambo

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3057C
Scope and Contents

A collection of loose prints, mostly measuring approximately 55 x 85 mm, with handwritten captions on the reverse. The captions have been used as titles and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of their creation.

The term Bushmen was used to describe a group of Khoisan-speaking hunter-gatherers who lived in the Kalahari Desert.

Dates: 1927
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