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William Hillman collection

Stefansson Mss-241
Identifier: Mss-241


The William Hillman Collection contains twelve silver print photographs; 9 telegrams; 16 newspapers articles and 1 broadside related to S. A. Andrée's ill fated balloon expedition to the North Pole in 1897. The photographs are copies of those printed from the negatives shot by Andrée and his men during the expedition and then recovered by Norwegian reporters in 1930. They document the downed balloon, scenes of camp life, a dead polar bear, the Expedition's boat, and a dead bird. The telegrams are from "Stansbury", "Ranck", and "Ritchie" and were sent to Hillman discussing the Andrée story. The telegrams allude to Andrée's diary, Hillman's interview with Gunnar Horn, and the Strindberg and "Frænkel" diaries. The 16 newspaper segments are from The Boston Advertiser, The Los Angeles Examiner, The New York American, and the Chicago Herald and Examiner. One article, dated September 20 and appearing in The New York American, carries Hillman's byline. In addition to covering the discovery of the Expedition, the newspapers printed excerpts from the diaries of Andrée and Strindberg. The broadside was distributed by the Swedish government to native tribes along Andrée's suspected route appealing to them to offer aide to the balloonists if discovered.


  • 1897 - 1930


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Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


.25 linear ft. (2 Boxes)

Language of Materials



The William Hillman Collection contains twelve silver print photographs of the Andrée Expedition; 9 telegrams sent to Hillman discussing the Expedition's story; portions of 16 newspaper articles covering the Andrée Expedition and 1 broadside depicting the Expedition's balloon.

Notes for Cataloger

Andrée, Salomon August, 1854-1897. Strindberg, Nils, 1872-1897. Frænkel, Knut Hjalmar Ferdinand, 1870-1897. Balloon ascensions Arctic regions North Pole


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