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  • TR in Africa [1909, 2]

Other Title

  • Theodore Roosevelt in Africa [1909, 2]
  • Roosevelt in Africa


  • Scenes of African peoples and of TR's safari party, all probably filmed in British East Africa (Kenya) in 1909. View of TR planting a tree in front of trading company building, possibly located in Mombasa, long shot of busy amusement area in Kenyan seaport of Mombasa, including shot of ferris wheel filled with Swahilis; shots, taken from observation platform on train engine, of plains along the Uganda Railway, with herdsmen who are probably Masai and railroad workers visible along tracks; train pulls into small community; women who are probably Masai, incorrectly identified by interior title as Zulu, gather water at spring, accompanied by children.
  • Rainmaker dances in ritual ceremony, surrounded by Swahilis; members of unknown tribe draw water from a well, with large thatched structure in background; views of Masai men, women, and children in kraal, with clear shots of mud houses; TR and his party appear in group of Kikuyu and/or Masai tribesmen; women who are probably Masai, incorrectly identified by interior title as Zulu, form ceremonial circle on open plain; TR and members of his party examine a gun in the presence of African tribesmen; unidentified tribesmen pose individually for camera at close range, with campsite visible in background; at campsite porters work busily, either setting up or breaking camp, with TR briefly visible; view of Kikuyu and/or Masai dance, incorrectly identified by interior title as Zulu dance, in honor of TR's visit; Roosevelt party crosses stream, with porters carrying gear and safari members across water toward camera.


  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
  • Kearton, Cherry, 1871-1940, photographer.
  • Community Motion Picture Service, inc.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : [s.n.], 1909.


  • -  Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919--Travel--Africa--Kenya
  • -  Big game hunting--Africa
  • -  Tree planting--Kenya
  • -  Maasai (African people)
  • -  Maasai (African people)--Social life and customs
  • -  Kikuyu (African people)
  • -  Kikuyu (African people)--Social life and customs
  • -  Dance--Africa
  • -  Africans
  • -  Kenya--Social life and customs
  • -  Mombasa (Kenya)


  • Travelogues (Motion pictures)
  • Short films
  • Documentary films
  • Nonfiction films
  • Newsreels


  • -  Copyright: no reg.
  • -  Roosevelt Memorial Association lists date in title as 1910.
  • -  Film appears to be fragment of production, Roosevelt in Africa, released April 18, 1910.
  • -  Photographer, Cherry Kearton.
  • -  Appearing: President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • -  Duration: 3:34 (part 1), 3:54 (part 2) at 12 fps; 3:36 (part 3), 1:52 (part 4) at 18 fps.
  • -  MAVIS 1244972; TR in Africa [1909,2].
  • -  Sources used: Scribner's magazine. v. 47, no. 3, 1910:264; v. 47, no. 6, 1910:643-644, 650-652; Roosevelt, Kermit. A sentimental safari. 1963:XXIX; Kearton, Cherry. Adventures with animals and men. 1935:68-71; Kearton, Cherry. Photographing wild life across the world. [1923]:105-106; Roosevelt Memorial Association. Annual report. 1926:18; Library of Congress. African Section; Moving Picture World, v. 6, p. 528-529, 682-683.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  National Park Service acquired from Roosevelt Memorial Association. RMA purchased from Community.
  • -  viewing print, dupe neg; Received: May 1968 from USDA lab and Mar. 1976 from LC film lab; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
  • -  Received: 1967; transferred to LC from NPS, NPS acquired from RMA, RMA purchased from Community; transferred to safety from LC nitrate at USDA lab: May 1968 and LC lab: Mar. 1976.


  • viewing print. 1 film reel of 1 (298 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print. 1 film reel of 1 (746 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg. 1 film reel of 1 (298 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg. 1 film reel of 1 (746 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FAB 1226 (viewing print)
  • FEA 7635 (viewing print)
  • FRA 6172 (dupe neg)
  • FPB 8075 (dupe neg)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • mp76000261

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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The following films are made available here with permission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, P.O. Box 719, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771 (Internet address:

The Story of the Panama Canal [1]
T. R.'s Return from Africa, 1910 [2]
A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt at His Home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds [1]
The Roosevelt Dam [1]
The River of Doubt [2].

Permission may be needed from the Theodore Roosevelt Association before using these films for other purposes.

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Roosevelt, Theodore, Inc Community Motion Picture Service, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, Kearton, Cherry, photographer. TR in Afri, 2. [United States: s.n, 1909] Video.

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Roosevelt, Theodore, Inc Community Motion Picture Service, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, photographer by Kearton, Cherry. TR in Afri, 2. [United States: s.n, 1909] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.