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Stefansson Arctic Collection-photographic prints

Identifier: Mss-229
Stefansson Mss-229

  • Staff Only


The collection contains over 1100 original photographic prints documenting the Canadian Arctic Expeditions (1913-1918), also the Wrangel Island and Wrangel Island Relief Expeditions (1921-1923). Included are images of flora and fauna, earthen and snow-covered landscapes, ice formations, temporary camps and work stations, indigenous housing, clothing and body marking, hunting and fishing practices, and boats, including kayaks and umiaks. Within the collection are three sequential sets: (1) construction of a snow house (igloo), (2) conversion of a sledge to a sledge-boat, and (3) rescue of survivors from the ship, the Karluk. Additional ships shown include the Alaska, Bear, Belvedere, Corwin, Krassin, Mary Sachs, North Star, Polar Bear, and the Rosie H.

Individual and group photographs of scientists and Indigenous peoples referred to as "Eskimos", including Inuvialuit ("Mackenzie Eskimos") and Inuinnait ("Copper Eskimos") and other Inuit groups. The following individuals are depicted: Rudolph M. Anderson, Ada Blackjack, Charles D. Brower, Kenneth G. Chipman, Allan Crawford, Milton Galle, Diamond Jenness, Fritz Johansen, Charles Klinkenberg, Edna Klinkenberg, Lorne Knight, Ernest de Koven Leffingwell, Burt. M. McConnell, Frederick W. Maurer, John Munro, Th. Petersen, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, and Storker Theodor Storkerson. Also included are images of mission settlements, Hudson's Bay Company outposts, and the Eldorado Mining enterprises. Locations in Alaska include Point Barrow, Baxter Island, Camden Bay, Collinson Point, Flaxman Island, Fort Yukon, Cape Krusenstern, Nome, and Tanana; in the Northwest Territories, Banks Island, Bernard Harbor, and Fort McPherson; in the Yukon, Herschel Island; and in Russia, Wrangel Island.

Collection also Includes a complete set of 35 mm copy negatives, also black and white photographic copy prints and contact sheets.


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Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


6.5 linear ft. (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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