Field journal of Henry Cushier Raven in Singapore, Java and Borneo and vicinity, dated 22 February 1912 to 2 November 1914

About the Project

What would you say if the Smithsonian asked you to help them carry on their natural history exploration and collecting in the East Indies? In 1912, that's exactly what happened to 22 year old Henry Cushier Raven. In late February, Raven sailed for Singapore, Java and Borneo. This journal begins as a travel diary and transitions to narrative field notes as Raven made landfall in Singapore. He collected a variety of small mammals, reptiles and birds but notes a number of monkeys, too.

Help us transcribe this journal and learn what work was like for this young explorer during the first of six years in the East Indies.

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