Polaris Expedition Scrapbooks, 1873

Summary Information
Title: Polaris Expedition Scrapbooks
Inclusive Dates: 1873

Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 13

Quantity: .4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, American Geographical Society Library (Map)

This collection consists of two scrapbooks documenting exploration in 1873, with a primary focus on the Polaris Expedition to the North Pole led by Charles Francis Hall.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-agsl-agslmss0013
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The Polaris Expedition to the North Pole was led by Charles Francis Hall. The expedition failed to reach its destination after Hall died from a supposed poisoning. On the ship's return it was caught on some ice. The damaged ship ended up in Greenland and nineteen members of the crew were separated from the ship. The ship and the remaining crew members were stranded for eight months before being rescued by the U.S.S. Tigress in May 1873.

Scope and Content Note

These scrapbooks consist primarily of exploration-related newspaper clippings from The New York Herald, The New York Tribune, and Harper's Weekly. The main focus of the clippings is the Polaris Expedition and Captain Hall, but other clippings on Arctic exploration, the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands), and Lady Jane Franklin are also found in the scrapbooks.

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Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Custodial History

The American Geographical Society (AGS) acquired these scrapbooks from an unknown donor.

Acquisition Information

The American Geographical Society (AGS) donated these scrapbooks to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries in 1978 as part of its entire map and library collections.

Processing Information

Denise Gergetz (supervised by Christel Maass, UWM Libraries' Archives Dept.) processed the collection in November 2009.