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Carl Akeley: Publications

Selected resources on renowned taxidermist, sculptor, and conservationist Carl Ethan Akeley.

Publications by Carl Akeley

Akeley, Carl E. 1912.“Elephant Hunting in Equatorial Africa.” American Museum Journal 12: 43-62.

Akeley, Carl E. 1912. “Elephant Hunting in Equatorial Africa with Rifle and Camera.” National Geographic Magazine 23: 779-810.

Akeley, Carl E. 1915. “Elephant Hunting on Mount Kenya.” American Museum Journal 15: 323-338.

Akeley, Carl E. 1914. “An Episode of a Museum Expedition.” American Museum Journal 14: 305-308.

Akeley, Carl E. 1921. “Flamingos of Lake Hannington, Africa.” American Museum Journal 12: 305-308.

Akeley, Carl E. 1923. “Gorillas – Real and Mythical.” Natural History 23: 428-447.

Akeley, Carl E.1920.  In Brightest Africa. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Akeley,Carl E. 1923. In Brightest Africa. Memorial Edition. The Star Series. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Co.

Akeley, Carl E. 1926. “Lion Spearing. Field Museum of Natural History, Special Zoology Leaflet 1. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History,1926.

Akeley, Carl E. and Mary L. Jobe.1934. Lions, Gorillas and Their Neighbors. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. 

Akeley, Carl E. 1914. “The Wild Ass of Somaliland.” American Museum Journal 14: 113-120.

Akeley, Carl Ethan, and C. H. Carpenter. 1902. The Four Seasons: The Virginia Deer in Northern Michigan. [Chicago, Ill.]: [C.A. Akeley]. 

Akeley, 1927. Carl E. Taxidermy and Sculpture: The Work of Carl E. Akeley in Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History. 

Publications about Carl Akeley

Akeley, Mary L. Jobe. 1929. Carl Akeley’s Africa: The Account of the Akeley-Eastman-Pomeroy African Hall Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co.

Akeley, Mary L. Jobe. 1950. Congo Eden: a Comprehensive Portrayal of the Historical Background and Scientific Aspects of the Great Game Sanctuaries of the Belgian Congo with the Story of a Six Months Pilgrimage throughout That Most Primitive Region in the Heart of the African Continent. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co.

Akeley, Mary L. Jobe. 1927. “In the Land of His Dreams.”Natural History 27: 6: 525-532.

Akeley, Mary L. Jobe. 1940. The Wilderness Lives Again. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co.

"Akeley Memorial Issue." 1927. Natural History 27(2).

Alexander, Edward P. 1997. The Museum in America: Innovators and Pioneers. Walnut Creek, Ca: AltaMira Press.

Alvey, Mark, Thomas P. Gnoske, and John Janelli. 2021. “Akeley’s Four Seasons: A vision, an obsession, and sixteen deer.” Natural History 129 (9): 34-39.

Alvey, Mark. 2022. “Blood, Sweat, and Skins--and Cement, and Cinema, and Searchlights: Carl Akeley's Adventures in Inventing.” The International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology., DOI: 10.1080/17581206.2022.2060774

Alvey, Mark, Tia Resleure, and Thomas P. Gnoske. 2022. "Carl Akeley’s ‘lost’ decorative taxidermy and anthropomorphic groups: The European connection." Journal of the History of Collections.

Alvey, Mark. 2007. "The Cinema as Taxidermy: Carl Akeley and the Preservation Obsession." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 48 (1): 23-45.

Andrews, Roy Chapman. 1952. Beyond Adventure: The Lives of Three Explorers. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, Inc.

Bodry-Sanders, Penelope. 1991.Carl Akeley: Africa’s Collector, Africa’s Savior. New York: Paragon House.

Bradley, Mary Hastings. 1927. “In Africa with Akeley.” Natural History 27(2): 161-173.

Brinkman, Paul D. 2018. "The Strongest Kind of Competition: Expanding Zoology at Chicago's Field Columbian Museum, 1894-1895."  Colligo: Histoires de Collections 1(1).

Clark, James L. 1968. In the Steps of the Great American Museum Collector, Carl Ethan Akeley. New York: M. Evans & Co., Inc.

Coleman, Laurence Vail. 1922. “Plants of Wax.” American Museum of Natural Guide Leaflet Series 54. New York: American Museum of Natural History.

Davidson, F. Trubee. 1927. “Akeley, the Inventor.” Natural History 27(2): 124-129.

Dewey, C.L. 1927. “My Friend ‘Ake’.” Nature Magazine 10: 387-391.

Eastman, George. 1927.“A Safari in Africa.”Natural History 27(6): 533-538.

Hopkins, A.A. 1922. “Evolution in Museum Technique.” Scientific American. June: 399.

Jonas, Louis. 1930. “The Mounting of an Elephant Group.” Publications of American Association of Museums. New Series, No. 11. Washington, DC: American Association of Museum. 

Kirk, Jay. 2010. Kingdom under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals. New York, NY: Henry, Holt. 

Lucas, Frederic A. 1927. “Akeley as a Taxidermist.” Natural History 27(2): 142-152.

Lucas, Frederic A. 1923. “How Elephants are Mounted.” Natural History 23 (November-December): 597-605.

Lucas, Frederic A. 1926. “The Story of Museum Groups.” American Museum of Natural History. Guide Leaflet Series, No. 53. 4th ed. New York: American Museum of Natural History.

Murphy, Robert Cushman. 1927. “Carl Ethan Akeley, 1864-1926.” Curator (7) 307-320.

Osborn, Henry Fairfield.“ 1927. The Vanishing Wild Life of Africa.” Natural History 27(6): 515-524.

Pomeroy, Daniel. 1936. "Akeley's Dream Come True." Natural History Vol. 37(1): 5-10.

Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee. Annual Reports. 1890-1892.

Rockwell, Robert H. 1929. “Adventures in Sculpture-Taxidermy.” Asia 29: 22-29.

Rockwell, Robert H. 1927. “Collecting Large Mammals for Museum Exhibition.” Natural History 27(6): 583-587.

Rockwell, Robert H. 1934. “On the Trail of the African buffalo.” Natural History 34: 74-82.

Roosevelt, Theodore. 1910. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. New York: Syndicate Publishing Co. 

Wheeler, William Morton. 1927. “Carl Akeley’s Early Work and Environment.” Natural History 27(2): 133-141.

Akeley on Expedition

© The Field Museum, CSZ6167, Photographer Carl Akeley. Carl Akeley posed with skull, horns and hoofs of the Greater Kudu [koodoo]