Arctic Expedition Papers of Vilhjalmur Steffansson 1878-1925

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This collection chronicles three expeditions made by Vilhjalmur Stefansson between 1906 and 1918 to the isolated regions of the North. In his diaries, Stefansson provides factual and insightful accounts of Inuit hunting trips, religious beliefs, legends, and family traditions. Also included are:

translations of Inuit words and phrases

extensive charts of the Inuits physical measurements

a map documenting the seasonal migration paths of the Inuit tribes

sketches illustrating Inuit clothing

Stefansson wrote his diaries entirely in English and used them as the background for his book, My Life With the Eskimo (1913), as well as for subsequent books he wrote on the Arctic. The original diaries are held by the Dartmouth College Library and by the Public Archives of Canada.

Of special interest in this collection are two separate reels of film containing the logbooks of 23 voyages Stefansson took between 1878 and 1925. These lengthy trading and expedition trips provide accounts of daily life at sea, as well as further background on and insight into the life of the explorer Stefansson. (Source: ProQuest)

Media: 35mm Film
Filed Under: Native American

Item NumberContents
0001Anglo-American expedition 1906-1908; Stefansson-Anderson expedition 1908-1912
0002Stefansson-Anderson expedition 1908-1912
0003Canadian artic expedition, 1914-1918
0004Artic logbooks, 1877-1910
0005Artic logbooks, 1910-1925

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