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Emma Shaw Colcleugh Collection

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As travel writer for the Providence Daily Journal and Providence Daily Bulletin, Emma Shaw Colcleugh created scrapbooks of articles that she wrote documenting her various travels abroad, her many lectures, photography as well as subjects of personal interest. She also collected ethnographic material during these trips, amassing 218 objects from the Subarctic, Americas, Oceania and Africa by the time she retired from journalism in 1927. In 1930, she sold the bulk of her field collections to Rudolf F. Haffenreffer, Jr. The scrapbooks were donated to the museum by her nephew, Richard Jackson and great-niece, Deborah Jackson in 1990.