The Papers of Burt Morton McConnell in the Dartmouth College LibraryWMST Mss-107

Descriptive Summary

Creator: McConnell, Burt Morton
Title Remainder: Papers. 1913-1952
Dates: 1913-1952
Identification: Mss-107





Administrative Information

The processing of this collection was supported by a Title II-C grant from the U.S. Department of Education

INTRODUCTION

Serving as `Assistant to the Commander', meterologist, and secretary for the Canadian Arctic Expedition, Burt McConnell accompanied Stefansson on exploratory journeys on the north coast of Alaska in 1913. He was also in the support party for the 1914 ice-sled trip. McConnell returned to `civilization' in 1914 and organized a rescue mission for the survivors of the Karluk. He chartered the King and Winge, and travelled on the rescue ship to the Wrangel Island.

McConnell maintained his interest in the Arctic, and as a free-lance writer he specialized in aviation and Arctic exploration. He was a member of the editorial staff of the Literary Review, and served as editor of the Explorers Journal for 5 years. During World War II he spent three years in Alaska, serving in the Cold Weather Testing Detachment.

The papers of Burt McConnell include the diaries kept in short-hand by McConnell, September, 1913 - September, 1914; and the transcript of these diaries. Also in shorthand are dictations from Stefansson and the beginning chapters of a book.

Correspondence numbers approximately 170 items. Of particular interest are letters to the Hon. Robert Borden, and other Canadian government officials, and to Olaf Swenson, owner of the King and Winge. These letters concern the rescue of the Karluk crew and of Stefansson. Later correspondence with Hjalmar Holand discusses early Norse exploration of North America.

Additional materials include published articles, manuscripts for 15 articles, and memoribilia from the Explorers and Gridiron Clubs. One unique momento is a typewritten program for “The Grand International Football Match to be held on the Ice on New Years Day, 1914”, played by the members of the Karluk crew.

The papers of Burt Morton McConnell were a gift of Jane Tompkins McConnell in 1962, and are a part of the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Collection on the Polar Regions. They occupy 1.5 linear feet.






BOX I

ARTICLES BY McCONNELL



FOLDER : 1.

“The airmail pilot”



“Alaska's needs and rich promises”



“The balloon that never returned”



“Battle for the skyways”



FOLDER : 2.

“Explorers are not adventures”



“The factors in Amundsen's North Pole flight”



“Flying with the air mail”



“Hopping off for a lost continent”



FOLDER : 3.

“I lived like a prehistoric man for two months”



“Kobuk stands alone”



“Men like these brave the Arctic”



“New methods in Arctic exploration”



“The `Northeast Passage' by air”



FOLDER : 4.

“The race for aerial trade routes”



“ `Red' Russia sets stage for black revolution”



“Rescue of the Greely Expedition”



“Rescue of the Karluk survivors”



“Rescuing the survivors from Wrangel Island”



FOLDER : 5.

“Story of Arctic heroism”



“Their Escort was Death”



“This way to Alaska”



“Uncle Sam's duty toward his `Ugly Duckling' ”



“What Amundsen would face in a flight to the North Pole”



“What can Amundsen accomplish?”



“Wilkins goes over the top”



ARTICLES BY OTHERS



FOLDER : 6.

“Famous Arctic explorer last seen by his Gregg stenographer”



“Burt McConnell, Stefansson's secretary, is happy” by Walter E. Ingersoll



FOLDER : 7.

“Celebrities of the future”



CORRESPONDENCE



FOLDER : 8.

1914, Plans to search for Karluk survivors and for Stefansson



FOLDER : 9.

1915, January - March



FOLDER : 10.

1915, April - December



FOLDER : 11.

1916



FOLDER : 12.

1917-1918



FOLDER : 13.

1920-1929



FOLDER : 14.

1930-1939



FOLDER : 15.

1947-1948, `Rune Stone'



FOLDER : 16.

1951-1952



DIARIES, DICTATION, NOTES



FOLDER : 17.

`The Karluk Chronicle' Published daily and Sunday in the cabin of Capt. R. A. Bartlett, of the Karluk, Burt McConnell, editor. June 18, 1913 - July 7, 1913 (typescript)



FOLDER : 18.

`Diary and dictation' (Shorthand)



October 22, 1913 -



FOLDER : 19.

`Dication of VS' (shorthand)



October 23, 1913 -



FOLDER : 20.

1913, October 26 - December 9 (shorthand)



FOLDER : 21.

1913, December 10 - (shorthand)



FOLDER : 22.

1914, January 7 - February 13 (shorthand; some notes in English)



FOLDER : 23.

1914, March 22 - September 23 (shorthand)



FOLDER : 24.

`Letters to Irene Hunt' (shorthand notes; some notes in English; rough drawing of [interior of the Karluk?]



Expense book



FOLDER : 25.

Notes for a book (shorthand)



FOLDER : 26.

1913, September 19 - 1914, February 8 (typescript)



FOLDER : 27.

1914, February 8 - June 5 (typescript)



FOLDER : 28.

1914, June 6 - September 13 (typescript)



MANUSCRIPTS



FOLDER : 29.

“The aeroplane in Arctic exploration”



FOLDER : 30.

“The Arctic's greatest tragedy”



FOLDER : 31.

[Canadian Arctic Expedition]



FOLDER : 32.

“Flying over the top of the world, by Sir Hubert Wilkins, as told to Burt McConnell”



FOLDER : 33.

“Flying the Viking trail, by Thor Solberg, as told to Burt McConnell”



FOLDER : 34.

“Fortitude”



FOLDER : 35.

“The Friendly Arctic”



FOLDER : 36.

[Hunters of the Great North, part of a chapter]



FOLDER : 37.

“The Norsemen: Discovers of America”



FOLDER : 38.

Poem, 1914-1924, about Arctic exploration



FOLDER : 39.

“The poet who became an explorer”



FOLDER : 40.

“The rescue of the Karluk survivors”



FOLDER : 41.

“Retreat to Siberia”



FOLDER : 42.

“A Robinson Crusoe of the Arctic; the story of Nansen and Johansen”



FOLDER : 43.

“Selecting our `Birdmen' ”



FOLDER : 44.

[Stefansson]



FOLDER : 45.

“The story of a new livestock industry: Ranch caribou”



FOLDER : 46.

“To the last man; None came back”



FOLDER : 47.

“Tragedy at Cape Sabine”



FOLDER : 48.

[Wilkins]



MISCELLANEOUS



FOLDER : 49.

Aero Club of America. Information



FOLDER : 50-51.

Explorers Club - memoribilia



FOLDER : 52.

Gridiron Club - memoribilia



FOLDER : 53.

Program - “D. G. S. Karluk. Grand International Football Match, to be held on the Ice on New Years Day, 1914”



NEWSCLIPPINGS



FOLDER : 54.

Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic Expedition



FOLDER : 55.

Miscellaneous



PHOTOGRAPHS



FOLDER : 56.

Ellsworth-Wilkins Trans-Antarctic Flight, “Polar Star”.



Send-off



FOLDER : 57.

Miscellaneous



RESEARCH FILES



Alaska



FOLDER : 58.

Maps



FOLDER : 59.

Mining



FOLDER : 60.

Notes



Extracts and reading notes



FOLDER : 61-62.

Arctic Experiences, edited by E. Vale Blake. Photocopies and marked



FOLDER : 63.

Eskimoland Speaks, by William B. von Valin



FOLDER : 64.

Narrative of the North Polar Expedition, U. S. Ship Polaris...



FOLDER : 65.

Notes from Stefansson - The Stefansson-Anderson Arctic Expedition - Preliminary Report...



Norse Discovery of America



FOLDER : 66.

Article by Frederick J. Pohl



Photographs



FOLDER : 67.

Sections of books by Hjalmar R. Holand





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