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Phila and George Caldwell Print and Slide Collection about Kenya and Antarctica, 1971, 1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Phila and George Caldwell Print and Slide Collection about Kenya and Antarctica,
    Date (inclusive): 1971, 1987
    Collection number: 313
    Creator: Caldwell, Mrs. Phila M. 1917-2008
    Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Photographs and slides taken by Phila and George Caldwell on a Los Angeles Natural History Museum collecting expedition to Kenya in 1971, and on a Society Expedition cruise to the Antarctic in 1987.
    Physical location: Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences cage manuscripts
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Phila and George Caldwell print and slide collection about Kenya and Antarctica (Manuscript collection 313). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6315627 

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were a gift of Mrs. Phila M. Caldwell to the History and Special Collections Division, University of California, Los Angeles, in August, 2001.


    Phila and George Caldwell were well-known philanthropists who supported cultural, educational, and family-support institutions in Southern California. These world travelers were trustees of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and sometimes accompanied Museum staff on collection expeditions. The Caldwells owned the Milbank House in Santa Monica, Calif., a remarkably well preserved Craftsman style home built in 1911 by Phila Caldwell's grandfather, Isaac Milbank. Through Mrs. Caldwell's initiative the house was designated a Santa Monica Landmark.
    Phila McFie Caldwell was born in Los Angeles and attended Marlborough School and UCLA. She and George Caldwell were married during World War II. George Caldwell died in 1990 and Phila died in 2008, at age 91.

    Scope and Content

    The Kenya material consists of 43 color snap shots (33 3x5" and 10 3x4" prints), four 35mm color slides, and a six-page letter to friends sent from the field.
    The Antarctica material includes 240 colored 35mm slides, a one-page printed itinerary and a printed notebook titled "Project Antarctica" provided by the company running the cruise.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Field Work : Kenya, circa 1971
    • Series 2. Ecotourism : Antarctica, between 1987 and 1990

    Related Material

    The bird specimens collected on this expedition are held in the Ornithology collection of the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Caldwell, George, d. 1990
    Caldwell, Phila M. -- Archives
    Ecotourism -- Antarctic Regions -- Pictorial works
    Safaris -- Kenya -- Pictorial works