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The French-Swiss geologist Edgar Aubert de la Rüe (1901-1991) surveyed more than a hundred countries in the world from 1923 to the end of the 1960s and gathered geological, geographical, linguistic and ethnographic information as well as photographs and collections of minerals, natural history and objects. His trajectory and scientific practice are at the crossroads of multiple fields and disciplines: between scientific missions, colonial expertise on the economic interest of territories and worldly explorations; between geology, human geography and ethnology.

Keywords: Ethnology | Human geography | Colonial sciences | Multidisciplinarity | Collectors and collections | Ethnography | Geologist | First half of the 20th century | Melanesia | New Hebrides/Vanuatu | Collections | Musée de l’Homme | Musée d’ethnographie du Trocadéro | Paul Rivet

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