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Records Title: Sutton Collection Records
Richard L. Sutton, Sr. (1878-1952) was a Kansas City dermatologist who, as a special representative of the Department of Natural History at the University of Missouri-Columbia, made several hunting and photography expeditions in the 1920s to various countries in Africa and Asia. Sutton was particularly interested in the tribal peoples of the areas he visited and recorded their customs through photographs, short films, and several published books. He also published many articles in the U.S. and abroad and gave lectures in universities throughout the country. In recognition of his explorations, the British Royal Society made him a life fellow, and he was honored by the Societe de Geographie in France for his portrayal of Moi peoples in his book Tiger Trails in Southern Asia. In the 1920s, Sutton donated large assemblages of items collected during his travels to both the Museum of Anthropology and the Kansas City Museum; most of these materials have now been consolidated at the Museum of Anthropology.
Scope and Content
The Sutton Collection Records include biographical information and background research conducted by Museum staff regarding Sutton and his collections; correspondence between Museum staff and Sutton's son (Dr. Richard L. Sutton, Jr.); records regarding artifact donations to the Museum and the Kansas City Museum; and copies of some of Sutton's original lantern slides and 16mm films.
Box 1 Records and Slides
FF1 Original MU Collection Records, ca. 1920-1980
Box 2 16mm Films
Reel 1 Africa
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