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1950_Northern Nigeria itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 21 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts from Jos.

August 2 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts from Pankshin.

August 6-9 Letters to Elly Julien-Roberts from Jos.

August 10 ‘Holiday trip’ to Kwei, mentioned in letter to Elly Julien-Roberts from Jos.

August 12-13 Letters to Elly Julien-Roberts from Yola. Mentions expected arrival back in the Netherlands within 2 weeks of the letter’s delivery.

For this Journey Julien received a ƒ500,– grant from the Royal Dutch Society for Scientific Research (note dated October 22nd in reply to application by Julien July 1950).

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1952_Congo Brazzaville itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 14 Two word telegram to Elly Julien-Roberts from Brazzaville: “All right”

September 16-19 Reports in various Dutch newspapers on Julien’s safe return to the Netherlands.

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1947-1948_East Africa itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

August 30 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, on board SS Nijkerk, Marseille.

September 17 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, on board SS Nijkerk, Red Sea.

September 27 Arrival Mombasa, deducted from letter.

October 01 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Dar es Salam (Tanganyika).

October 08 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Kurio Mission.

Octover 20 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Kurio.

October 22 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Singida.

November 01 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Mbulu.

November 19 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Masaka (Uganda).

November 22 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Rutshuru (Congo).

November 29 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Saké.

December 15 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Butembo.

December 22 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Aba Kawimbo, Ituri Forest.

January 12 1948 Letter to Elly Julien-Roberts, Chartoum.

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1939_Guinée Conakry itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 12 Departure Bordeaux towards Conakry.

August 19 Letter missionary, from Conakry to Julien’s father with a request to send money. 

September 05 Receipt “Docteur S. Konqui, Medecine Generale Accouchements Maladies des femmes” concerning Elly Julien-Roberts being sick.

September 21 Receipt hospital Fes (Morocco).

Fall 1939 into early 1940 correspondence about left behind materials, which seems related to both Elly and Julien himself falling sick with Malaria. This is also mentioned in the (undated) press release about the hardships that were part of this ‘scientific expedition’.

This is the first expedition undertaken by Julien after his marriage to Elly Julien-Roberts. It is also the only journey that is part of this research project on which his wife joined him. The couple did often travel together, just not to ‘equatorial Africa’.

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1938_Central African Republic & Cameroon itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 19 Telegram to “le docteur Julien Hotel Siredey, Yaoundé” & letter about transport materials.

July 23 Letter to father from Nola.

July 25 Receipt for passage Tiko to Douala.

July 26 Yaoundé, telegram with confirmation of appointment with “commissair Republique a delegue Douala”.

July 27 Letter to fiancé Elly Roberts.

July 31 Note in which ‘les chefs de villages de la région de Bayanga et de Liganga Bibanga” are summoned to bring ‘Pygmies‘ together in their villages in order to contribute to Julien’s serological research.

August 26 Hotel du Lido bill, Douala.

August 27 Departure from Tiko to Hamburg, arrival September 15 (delay of three days) on MS Python. Postcard with timetable & notes by Julien.

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1937_Cameroon itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 22 Letter to father “and all” from Duala, reporting safe arrival that morning in Tiko.

July 24th Letter to father “and all” from Yaoundé, reporting arrival in Yaoundé on the 23rd. 

August 9th Letter to father “and all” from Kribi.

August 20th Customs forms for luggage and statement of health upon leaving Cameroon.

September 14 and the following weeks numerous Dutch newspapers report the safe return of “Dr. Paul Julien, the Utrecht based Pygmy specialist” to the Netherlands.

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1936_Cameroon itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

While this may not be the impression the list below gives, the focus of the journey was the south west of Cameroon, the former German, at the time British colony.

July 24 Letter to parents from Duala

July 27 Letter to parents from Yaoundé

July 28 Letter to parents from Yaoundé

August 09 Letter from parents from Zoulabot Nkoul at the Dzaj river

August 11 Mentioned in notebook: From Etekessang to Kamakouma

August 15 Letter to parents from Doumé

August 22 Letter to parents from Douala

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1935_Ivory Coast & Upper Volta itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 06-24 Various documents and photographs related to boat journey on the German steamer SS Woerman.

July 26 Letter to parents from Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

July 31 Note from Julien to the colonial administrator in Bobo-Dioulasso.

September 03 Press report on the serological research performed in the delta of the Upper Volta river in Ivory Coast, mentioned in the document as previously known as Upper Volta and now in French colony Ivory Coast. 

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1934_Sierra Leone itinerary

This itinerary is based on documents from Paul Julien’s personal collection, which are currently in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Over time it will become more detailed and intricately networked. [1]last updated 2021-05-23

July 23 Letter to parents from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

July 26/27 Letter to parents from Dakar.

July 30 Letter to parents from Freetown.

August 05 Letter to parents from Bo.

August 06 From Bo to Dambarra (based on notebook).

August 07 DambarraNengbema and back (based on notebook).

August 08 DambarraGbaiima (based on notebook).

August 09 Gbaiima (based on notebook).

August 10 GbaiimaBo, letter to parents from Gbaiima & notebook.

August 17 Letter to parents from Moyamba.

August 23 Letter to parents from Freetown, mentions expected departure on steamer August 24.

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