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Arctic Institute of North America

Submitted by dmcdonne on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:55pm
A collection of letters, documents and artifacts
relating to Arctic explorers and exploration.
[18--], 1818 - 1969.
0.38 m of textual records.
Collection originally part of the rare books collection of the Arctic Institute of North America in Montreal, having been acquired in 1965-1966 with partial funding from Canada Council. Part of the collection was donated by Lawrence C. Woods, Jr., in 1974. In 1976 the collection was moved to Calgary and in 1979 was transferred to Special Collections at the University of Calgary Library when AINA became part of the University of Calgary.

Collection consists of letters from or to various Arctic explorers, including among others Sir John Franklin, Sir George Back, Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, Sir George S. Nares, Sherard Osborn, Sir William Parry, John Rae, Sir John Ross and Sir James Clark Ross; photostat copies of records found on northern Ellesmere Island in 1948 left by the Nares (1875-1876) and Peary (1905-1906) expeditions; notebook titled Glacial action high latitudes, discussing research by Arctic expeditions undertaken between 1585 and 1887; engraving of Sir G. Back and photograph of Sir F.L. McClintock; newsclippings; and other miscellaneous documents and artifacts.

Text in English. 
No restrictions on access.
File level inventory available at repository. For additional information, including transcription of holograph letters see A calendar of letters and documents in the collection of the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary / compiled by Sonia S. Bershad. - Calgary, 1980.
Collection is part of the Arctic Institute of North America rare books collection. 

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