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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1939. General, the British Commonwealth and Europe
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Establishment of the United States Antarctic service for exploration and scientific studies,   pp. 7-19 PDF (4.5 MB)


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  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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