Fay, Samuel Prescott, 1884-1971

Fay, Samuel Prescott, 1884-1971



  • Existence: 1884 - 1971


Samuel Prescott Fay was born on May 27, 1884 in Boston. Fay was an early member of the American Alpine Club and visited the Rockies to climb in the Lake Louise and Lake O'Hara areas starting in 1906, making numerous trips with outfitter Fred Brewster. On June 26, 1914, Fay and his party set out from Jasper with five saddle horses and 16 pack horses. After a treacherous, slogging journey of 1,200 kilometers through wild, uncharted country they reached their destination on October 15, 1914, with the outfit completely intact. During his expedition, Fay kept a detailed journal (currently held at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC), which he provided to the US Biological Survey (now known as the US Fish & Wildlife Service) and to various Canadian government authorities. He also published several magazine articles about his discoveries. Fay died on August 11, 1971, at his home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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Samuel P. Fay papers

Stefansson Mss-38
Identifier: Mss-38
Date(s): 1914 to 1956

Samuel P. Fay (1884-1971), explorer. Consist of a typescript copy of his 1914 journal of a hunting expedition in northern Canada, as well as correspondence, aerial photographs and lists related to the discovery and naming of Fay Island.