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Jeanette Expedition collection

Identifier: Mss-289
Stefansson Mss-289

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The collection contains correspondence, diaries, journals, photographs, an account book, receipts, clippings, ephemera, maps, a scrapbook, and writings by John W. Danenhower while he was on board the USS Jeannette during its search for a Pacific route to the North Pole, and the USS Vandalia in the Mediterranean Sea. Materials related to his time as a lecturer for the Redpath Lyceum Bureau are also included. The correspondence contains primarily letters to his parents, his sisters, Belle (Birdie) and Rae and his brother Washington. Of note are his journals while he was a navigator on the Jeannette and a Carte-de-Visite album which includes photographs of the Russian royal family. Some material related to his family and extended family including Helen Danenhower, Elizabeth Uber Danenhower, Ruth Danenhower Wilson and George B. Sloan is also included.

The second part of the collection relates to Danenhower's grandson Geoffrey Wilson’s book “Life’s Wild Restless Sea,” an biography of his grandfather and his journey on the Jeannette. Included in this series are two drafts of Wilson’s unpublished manuscript, correspondence with researchers and scholars, clippings, printed material, diary and letter transcriptions, microfilms, writings and notes.


  • 1875 - 2010


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8.25 linear ft. (6 boxes)

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John W. Danenhower (1849-1887), Navy officer and arctic explorer. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, diaries, journals, clippings, an account book and other financial documents, a photo album and a scrapbook related to Danehhower's life and his time on-board the USS Jeanette during its search for a Pacific route to the North Pole. Manuscripts and research related to the book “Life’s Wild Restless Sea,” by his grandson Geoffrey Wilson are also included.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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