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The Papers of The Stefansson Collection in the Dartmouth College Library

WMST Mss-169

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stefansson Collection
Title Remainder: Papers. 1928-1976
Dates: 1928-1976
Identification: Mss-169





INTRODUCTION

The Papers of the Stefansson Collection deal with the working of the Collection itself. A few items, including an inventory dated 1928, concern the early days of the library. The bulk of the papers, however, post-date the move to Dartmouth in 1951. The library served as Stefansson's office and research center. Prior to his death in 1962, many inquiries and requests for information addressed to the Collection were answered by Stefansson personally; these would be listed with his personal correspondence. After 1962 the amount of correspondence handled by the Collection shows a marked increase. As use of the Collection began to decline, however, so does the volume of the papers. The last year covered is 1976.

One project of the Stefansson Collection was the publication of the serial Polar Notes. Correspondence, manuscripts, and material dealing with Polar Notes will be found in the papers entitled “Stefansson Collection. Polar Notes.”

The Stefansson Collection papers are predominantly correspondence and reports; guest books list visitors to the collection, 1952 - 1958. The papers occupy 5.0 lin. ft. and are a part of the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Collection on the Polar Regions.






BOX I

1928



FOLDER : 1.

Inventory



1945



FOLDER : 2.

The Stefansson Library - description



1948-1952



FOLDER : 3.

Cataloguing procedures



Estimated number of books



FOLDER : 4.

Subject heading list



1952



FOLDER : 5.

Correspondence



News release



1953



FOLDER : 6.

The Stefansson Collection - memorandum for the use of Mr. Albert Bradley



1955



FOLDER : 7.

Acquisitions



FOLDER : 8.

Annual report



FOLDER : 9.

Correspondence - inquiries



FOLDER : 10.

Correspondence - users of the collection



1956



Correspondence



FOLDER : 11.

Dartmouth College



FOLDER : 12.

General



FOLDER : 13.

Gift acknowledgements



FOLDER : 14.

Inquiries



FOLDER : 15.

Users



Finances



FOLDER : 16.

Bills, records



Reports



FOLDER : 17.

Annual report



FOLDER : 18.

History of the Stefansson Collection - first draft



1957



Correspondence



FOLDER : 19.

Acquisitions, orders



FOLDER : 20.

Dartmouth College



FOLDER : 21.

Gift acknowledgements



FOLDER : 22.

Inquiries



FOLDER : 23.

Users



Finances



FOLDER : 24.

Bills, orders



Reports



FOLDER : 25.

Annual report



FOLDER : 26.

Arctic Blue Books in the Stefansson Collection



Background material for request to General Conway: Research and Development funds for 2 Stefansson Collection projects



Building Polar Libraries



Summer Safari 1957



1958



Correspondence



FOLDER : 27.

Acquisitions, orders



FOLDER : 28.

Dartmouth College



FOLDER : 29.

Gift acknowledgements



FOLDER : 30.

Inquiries



FOLDER : 31.

Users



Finances



FOLDER : 32.

Bills, orders



Reports



FOLDER : 33.

Reports for staff bulletin



Some bibliographic aids to Polar research



1959-1962



Correspondence



FOLDER : 34.

Acquisitions, book orders



FOLDER : 35.

General



Finances



FOLDER : 36.

Bills



Reports



FOLDER : 37.

Annual report (1959)



FOLDER : 38.

Collection procedures



FOLDER : 39.

The Northern Frontiers Studies project at Dartmouth College



FOLDER : 40.

Proposal [Creation of the U. S. Polar research center at Dartmouth]



FOLDER : 41.

Reasons for Evelyn Stefansson working full time at the Stefansson Collection



FOLDER : 42.

Recent acquisitions, 1961, 1962



1963



Correspondence



FOLDER : 43.

A



FOLDER : 44.

Alaska



FOLDER : 45.

Arctic Institute of North America



FOLDER : 46.

B



FOLDER : 47.

Book dealers



FOLDER : 48.

C



FOLDER : 49.

Canada



FOLDER : 50.

Canada - National Film Board



FOLDER : 51.

Cooke, Alan



FOLDER : 52.

Cowell, Henry



FOLDER : 53.

CRREL



FOLDER : 54.

D



FOLDER : 55.

Dartmouth College



FOLDER : 56.

Dirlam, Peter



FOLDER : 57.

Dow Estate



FOLDER : 58.

E



Ellsworth papers



Explorer's Club Memorial meeting



FOLDER : 59.

F



Fan letters



Franklin Society



Furlong, Charles Wellington



FOLDER : 60.

G



Gould papers



FOLDER : 61.

H



FOLDER : 62.

Haight, Sherman P.



FOLDER : 63.

G. K. Hall and Co.



FOLDER : 64.

Holden, Raymond and Barbara



FOLDER : 65.

I



Icelandic newspapers



FOLDER : 66.

J



K



FOLDER : 67.

L



FOLDER : 68.

Lattimore, Owen and Eleanor



FOLDER : 69.

M



FOLDER : 70.

McGraw-Hill Book Co.



FOLDER : 71.

N



O



P



FOLDER : 72.

Jules Power Productions - Evelyn Stefansson T. V. appearance



BOX II

FOLDER : 1.

R



FOLDER : 2.

S



Schartle, Patricia



Stamps



Swithinbank, Charles and Mary



FOLDER : 3.

Special Libraries Association



FOLDER : 4.

T



FOLDER : 5.

Thank-yous (Memorial pamphlet)



FOLDER : 6.

U - Z



Collection Correspondence



FOLDER : 7.

Acquisitions, orders



FOLDER : 8.

General



FOLDER : 9.

Gift acknowledgements



FOLDER : 10.

Inquiries



FOLDER : 11.

Serials



FOLDER : 12.

Staff



Miscellaneous



Dartmouth College



FOLDER : 13.

McGill - Dartmouth Arctic Conference



FOLDER : 14.

Polar Lecture Series



FOLDER : 15.

Finances



Memorials



FOLDER : 16.

Explorers Club Memorial Meeting



FOLDER : 17.

Stefansson Memorial Fund



FOLDER : 18.

Newsclippings 1951 - 1968



Reports



FOLDER : 19.

Annual report



FOLDER : 20.

Acquisition policy



Recent acquisitions



FOLDER : 21.

Dictionary catalogue



Proposal for indexing and classifying the Stefansson correspondence



1964



Correspondence



FOLDER : 22.

A - B



FOLDER : 23.

C - F



FOLDER : 24.

G - M



Farley Mowatt



FOLDER : 25.

S - W



Evelyn Stefansson



Collection correspondence



FOLDER : 26.

Gift acknowledgements



FOLDER : 27.

Inquiries



FOLDER : 28.

Serials



FOLDER : 29.

Special study committee on the Stefansson Collection



FOLDER : 30.

Staff and supplies



Reports



FOLDER : 31.

Annual report



FOLDER : 32.

Circulation statistics



1965



Correspondence



FOLDER : 33.

A - C



FOLDER : 34.

D



Peter Dirlam



FOLDER : 35.

G - M



FOLDER : 36.

N - R



Evelyn Nef



FOLDER : 37.

S - W



Collection correspondence



FOLDER : 38.

Gift acknowledgements



FOLDER : 39.

Inquiries



FOLDER : 40.

Reorganization of the Collection (includes newsclippings)



FOLDER : 41.

Serials



FOLDER : 42.

Staff and supplies



Reports



FOLDER : 43.

Annual report



FOLDER : 44.

Circulation statistics



Stefansson Collection



1966



Correspondence



FOLDER : 45.

A - C



FOLDER : 46.

D - G



FOLDER : 47.

H - L



FOLDER : 48.

M - N



Farley Mowatt



FOLDER : 49.

Evelyn Stefansson Nef



FOLDER : 50.

P - W



Collection correspondence



FOLDER : 51.

General



FOLDER : 52.

Reorganization of the Collection



Reports



FOLDER : 53.

Annual report



FOLDER : 54.

Circulation statistics



1967



Correspondence



FOLDER : 55.

A - B



Book dealers



FOLDER : 56.

C - E



FOLDER : 57.

F - L



FOLDER : 58.

M - P



Plaisted Polar Expedition



FOLDER : 59.

S - W



Collection correspondence



FOLDER : 60.

Gifts, inquiries



Reports



FOLDER : 61.

Annual report



FOLDER : 62.

Circulation statistics



Icelandic periodicals



1968



Correspondence



FOLDER : 63.

A - C



FOLDER : 64.

Collection correspondence (gifts, requests)



FOLDER : 65.

D - H



Robert Fortuine



FOLDER : 66.

L - N



Evelyn Stefansson Nef



FOLDER : 67.

P - W



Reports



FOLDER : 68.

Annual report



FOLDER : 69.

Circulation statistics



Memo



BOX III

1969



Correspondence



FOLDER : 1.

A - B



FOLDER : 2.

C - F



Robert Fortuine



FOLDER : 3.

G - M



FOLDER : 4.

N - Y



FOLDER : 5-8.

“Health of the Eskimos” (Includes orders, invoices)



FOLDER : 9.

Newspapers on microfilm



FOLDER : 10.

Stefansson manuscripts and artifacts in other institutions



Reports



FOLDER : 11.

Annual report



FOLDER : 12.

Circulation statistics and policy



Duties of assistant in the Stefansson Collection



Stefansson association copies



1970



Correspondence



FOLDER : 13.

A - H



FOLDER : 14.

J - Z



FOLDER : 15.

“Health of the Eskimos”



FOLDER : 16.

Microfilm projects (Correspondence dating 1968-1975)



Reports



FOLDER : 17.

Annual report



1971



Correspondence



FOLDER : 18.

A - E



FOLDER : 19.

F - N



FOLDER : 20.

P - W



FOLDER : 21.

“Health of the Eskimos”



Reports



FOLDER : 22.

Annual report



1972



Correspondence



FOLDER : 23.

A - E



FOLDER : 24.

F - H



FOLDER : 25.

J - P



FOLDER : 26.

R - W



FOLDER : 27.

Alaska newspapers on microfilm



FOLDER : 28.

“Health of the Eskimos”



Reports



FOLDER : 29.

Annual report



CRREL questionnaire



1973



Correspondence



FOLDER : 30.

A - E



FOLDER : 31.

F - L



William Hunt



FOLDER : 32.

M - P



FOLDER : 33.

R - Z



Reports



FOLDER : 34.

Annual report



1974



Correspondence



FOLDER : 35.

A - B



FOLDER : 36.

C - F



FOLDER : 37.

G - K



FOLDER : 38.

L - N



FOLDER : 39.

O - Z



Reports



FOLDER : 40.

Annual report



1975



Correspondence



FOLDER : 41.

A - E



FOLDER : 42.

F - N



FOLDER : 43.

O - W



Reports



FOLDER : 44.

Annual report



1976



Correspondence



FOLDER : 43.

A - E



FOLDER : 46.

F - M



FOLDER : 47.

N - X



Reports



FOLDER : 48.

Annual report



Inventory of items in the vault



BOX IV

1977



Correspondence



FOLDER : 1.

A-H



FOLDER : 2.

J-O



FOLDER : 3.

Q-W



FOLDER : 4.

Richard S. Finnie



William R. Hunt



FOLDER : 5.

Robert W. Mattila



FOLDER : 6.

Annual Report



1978



Correspondence



FOLDER : 7.

A-H



FOLDER : 8.

I-Y



FOLDER : 9.

Richard S. Finnie



FOLDER : 10.

Robert W. Mattila



Manuscript - Stefansson Bibliography by Robert W. Mattila



FOLDER : 11.

Early draft



FOLDER : 12.

Final draft - photocopy



FOLDER : 13.

Page proofs



FOLDER : 13A.

Annual report



BOX V

1979



Correspondence



FOLDER : 1.

A-H



FOLDER : 2.

J-Y



FOLDER : 3.

Concerning Stefansson Centenary



1980 - Correspondence



FOLDER : 4.

A-H



FOLDER : 5.

I-N



FOLDER : 6.

O-W



1981 - Correspondence



FOLDER : 7.

A-G



FOLDER : 8.

I-Z



Guest books - Visitors to the Collection



FOLDER : 9.

1952 - 1958



FOLDER : 10.

1958 - 1960



FOLDER : 11.

1960 - 1062



FOLDER : 12.

1962 - 1965





Other Descriptive Data

Canada Min. of the [UNK]

Copy to Cooper

February 15, 1935

Dear Mr. Murphy:

In bringing the cataloguing of my Arctic library up to date I have just come upon the magnificent gift from your Department of two copies each of seventeen publications relating to Canada's Arctic and sub-Arctic. I appreciate this most deeply.

You may be interested to know that my polar library (80% Arctic, 20% Antarctic and miscellaneous) now consists of more than 7000 catalogued titles. This does not mean, of course, that I have that many volumes. Sometimes a single work, Hakluyt, for instance, or Pinkerton, is responsible for a great many titles. Most of these are in English; the other main languages are Danish and Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Russian, Dutch and German, with only scattered things in other languages.

Hon. Thomas G. Murphy, Minister,

Department of the Interior,

Ottawa, Ontario.

Adjunct Descriptive Data

December 1995

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The Stefansson Collection on Polar Exploration

Founded as the personal research library of Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962), the Stefansson Collection was acquired by Dartmouth College in 1951 as one of the premier collections on the history of polar exploration. The collection focuses on the history of the exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, with the emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Because of Stef's primary interest in the history of the Arctic, holdings relating to the north polar regions are more robust than for the south.

At present, there are some 5,000 monographs, 20,000 photographs, 48 linear feet of vertical files, and over 220 manuscript collections totaling over 525 linear feet. In 1981, the printed materials and manuscripts in the collection were recataloged and reprocessed, and needed preservation work was performed, under a Title II-C grant from the US Department of Education. More recently, many of the early monographs in the collection were microfilmed as part of the Great Collections Microfilming Project of the Research Libraries Group and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access to the holdings of the collection can be gained in several ways. In 1967, the Dictionary Catalog of the Stefansson Collection (8 vols.; Boston: G.K. Hall) was published. This catalog reflects holdings as of 1962. All printed and manuscript materials can now be found in the Library's OPAC, and in RLIN and OCLC, the two national bibliographic databases, as well as in PolarPac, a CD-ROM product. There are typescript guides to each of the manuscript collections. One guide has been published: The Papers of Vilhjalmur Stefansson in the Dartmouth College Library (Hanover: Dartmouth College Library, 1982). At this point, the vertical file materials and the photographs are not cataloged in machine-readable form.

The Stefansson Collection is an integral part of Special Collections. Materials can be used by researchers on-site in the department's reading room in Baker Library. It should be noted that the collection does not circulate, nor is it a browsing collection. All materials are in closed stacks.

For further information, please contact Philip N. Cronenwett, Special Collections Librarian, at the address and phone number listed above. The fax number is 603-646-3702, and the e-mail address is <phil.cronenwett@dartmouth.edu>.