United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1939. General, the British Commonwealth and Europe
Establishment of the United States Antarctic service for exploration and scientific studies, pp. 7-19 PDF (4.5 MB)
7ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED STATES ANTARCTIC SERVICE FOR EXPLORATION AND S C I E N T I F I C STUDIES 800.014 Antarctic/191 President Roosevelt to the Secretary of State WASHINGTON, July 13, 1939. Mr D~a MR. SECRETARY: I have this date designated Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, U. S. N., Ret., to serve as Commanding Officer of the expedition which is to make an investigation and survey of the natural resources of the land and sea areas of the Antarctic Regions, for which there is provided an appropriation of $340,000 in the Urgent Deficiency and Supplemental Appropriation Act, approved June 30, 1939.1 I have also requested the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Navy and Interior each to designate a representative to form a committee for the purpose of organizing, directing and coordinating the conduct of this investigation and survey, and am advised that the following have been designated to serve on this committee: Hugh S. Cumming, Jr., Department of State, Rear Admiral Russell R. Waesche, U. S. C. 0., Treasury Department, Captain Charles C. Hartigan, U. S. N., Navy Department, and Dr. Ernest H. Gruening, Department of the Interior. It is my desire that all departments, establishments and agencies of the government that may be concerned with the work of this Antarctic expedition cooperate with and assist the committee and Admiral Byrd in their work in every practicable way. Very sincerely yours, FRANKLIN D. RoosEvzi~T 800.014 Antarctie/198 Memorandum1 by Mr. Hugh S. Cumming, Jr., of the Di'vieion of European Affairs [WASHINGTON,] July 18, 1939. Dr. Gruening telephoned me today and said that he had received a memorandum from the President directing that American activi153 Stat. 980, 986.
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