Papers of Cuthbert Christy
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- 1889 - 1930
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Biographical / Historical
During 1915-1916, Christy mapped the Nile-Congo boundary for the Sudanese Government, and then served in East Africa and Mesopotamia as an army medical officer. Between 1920 and 1923 he explored the Bahr-el-Ghazal River. From 1925 to 1928, Christy led a zoological expedition to Lakes Tanganyika and Nyasa, collecting specimens on behalf of the British Museum. In 1930, he chaired the Commission set up by the League of Nations to enquire into slavery and forced labour in Liberia. Christy died on 29 May 1932, after being gored by a buffalo while on a zoological investigation in the Belgian Congo.
.05 cubic metre(s) (5 archive boxes and 1 tube) : paper
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The material has been microfilmed, and is listed in: 'Africa through western eyes, parts 1 & 2: original manuscripts from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge University Library - a listing and guide to the microfilm collection' (2000), Adam Matthew Publications Ltd.
Dr. Christy wrote a number of articles, and two books: Cuthbert Christy, ‘The African rubber industry and Funtumia elastica (kickxia)' (London, 1911); Cuthbert Christy, ‘Big game and Pygmies: experiences of a naturalist in Central African forests in quest of the Okapi’ (London, 1924). The latter is primarily based on his Congo experiences but includes material on natural history from other African travels.
J.P. Taylor, ‘Dr Christy and Liberia’, Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series No. 187, January 1973, p.1-4.
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