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The Papers of William Henry Gilder in the Dartmouth College Library

WMST Mss-45

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gilder, William Henry
Title Remainder: Papers. 1883-1982
Dates: 1883-1982
Identification: Mss-45





Administrative Information

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

INTRODUCTION

William Henry Gilder, 1838 - 1900, was a journalist and explorer. His journalism career began after serving in the Civil War as an officer. In 1878, as a correspondent for the New York Herald, he was second in command on an expedition to discover the bodies of the Sir John Franklin expedition. Their sledge journey crossing Simpson Strait to King William Land covered 3,251 miles, the longest journey then on record. This expedition established the loss of the [UNK] party.

Gilder also travelled on the U.S.S. Rodgers to the Bering Strait in search of the Jeannette in 1881. After the destruction of the Rodgers he proceeded along the coast and made a hazardous journey across Siberia. His articles were collected in a book, Ice Pack and Tundra.

In later years Gilder was a correspondent in China when the French took Cachen, and was an editor of two New Jersey newspapers.

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, some concerning proposals for an expedition to the north magnetic pole, and other business ventures. Others mention journal and newspaper articles on the Arctic, and several manuscripts of his articles are included. A small diary covers a trip from Winnipeg to York [UNK] in 1887, and there are several sketches including patterns for a sled and a map of the location of the bodies of the Delong Expedition.

The William Henry Gilder papers are in the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Collection on the Polar Regions and occupy approximately 1 linear foot.






BOX I.

CORRESPONDENCE, 1887 - 1899. (Also one each dated 1883, and 1886.)



FOLDER : 1.

A



Allen, I., San Francisco Examiner, to Gilder, May 4, 1982.



Allen, James, to Gilder, May 23, 1892.



Anncier, Viscount d', Saigon to Gilder, Hong Kong, September 9, 1883.



FOLDER : 2.

B



Balliard, Charles, to Gilder, January 28, 1890.



Bell, John S., telegram, to Gilder, March 30, 189-.



Bennett, James Gordon, to Gilder, June 2, 1890.



Bennett, James Gordon, from Gilder, December 26, 1890.



Berry, R.M., to Gilder, February 4, 1889.



Bertie [B.K.H.], to Billie., March 25, 1891.



Bisbee, Randall, from Gilder, December 5, 1890.



Bishop, Giles, to Gilder, November 28, 1889.



Bok, Edward W., to Gilder, May 11, 1891.



Bok, Edward W., to Gilder, May 14, 1891.



Bolles, J.W., to Gilder, March 6, [], March 15, [] with ink sketch of windmill, March 22, [], March 28, [].



Bourke, John G., to Gilder, May 30, 1889.



Brainard, David L., war Dep't, to Gilder, March 23, 1892.



Brisbane, Arthur (of Evening Sun, N.Y.C.), to Gilder, February 11, 1891, February 14, 1891, December 14, 1891.



Brownell, J., to Gilder, May 29, 1891, May 29, 1891.



Bruge, David, Co., to Gilder, December 22, 1886.



Bliven, Charles J. from Gilder, May 13, 1889.



C



FOLDER : 3.

Chamberlain, Samuel to Gilder, January 5, 1890.



Chamberlain, Samuel, from Gilder, October 25, 1890, November 15, 1890.



Christie, J., to Gilder., April 2, 1888.



Collins, Claire Church, to Gilder, February 1, 1891, [n.d.], [n.d.]



Connery, Thomas B., to Gilder., January 14, 1888, April 16, 1890, April 21, 1890, [n.d.] (unsigned note.)



Cook, Anton, to Gilder, March 31, 1890.



Corcoran, John W., to Gilder, May 14, 1892.



Creelman, James - wedding invitation for Gilder, December 3, 1891.



FOLDER : 4.

D



Daly, Charles P., to Gilder, January 13, 1892, February 15, 1892, March 23, 1892 (to AM MAYER about Gilder), March 29, 1892.



Daniels, Paul, to Gilder (with 4 clippings about whaling), November 13, 1890.



Dobson, G., to Gilder, April 12, 1891.



Duluth Tribune [Guy?] to Gilder, March 29, 1892.



Davidson, George to Gilder (7 letters) August 14, 1890 - October 21, 1890.



Davidson, George, from Gilder (4 letters) August 14, 1890 - October 21, 1890.



FOLDER : 5.

F



Fletcher, Jonathan, to Gilder, November 15, 1891.



Flood, T.L., to Gilder, Joly 29, 1889.



French, Walter to Gilder, April 1, [?].



Fucigna, V.A. to Gilder, April 20, 1892.



FOLDER : 6.

G



Gender, W. from Gilder, January 23, 1891.



Gilbayerdoff [?] to Gilder [n.d.].



Gilbert, John to Gilder (telegram), May 12, 1891, May 16, 1891, June 4, 1891, June 12, 1891, July 30, 1891, October 21, 1891.



Gordon, William L., to Gilder, April 21, 1891.



Greely, A.W. to Gilder, (telegram), April 9, 1890.



“Griff” to Gilder, May 3, 1892.



Griffin, Wm H., to Gilder plus letter to Griffin from U.S. Consul at St. John's, Newfoundland, May 12, 1887.



FOLDER : 7.

H



Halsey, W.A. to Gilder, August 18, 1890.



Harber, Giles Bates to Gilder, March 10, 1890, March 23, 1890.



Hayes, J.W. to Gilder (telegram), August 13, 1890.



Healy, M. [?], to Gilder, April 5, 1890.



Heilprin, Angelo from Gilder, September 29, 1891.



Heilprin, Angelo to Gilder, October 13, 1891, March 21, 1892.



Hittinger, Albert to Gilder, March 9, 1892.



Hollander, J.H. to Gilder, August 28, 1890.



Howard, J.G., to Gilder, January 31, 1888.



Hurlbut, George C., to Gilder, August 21, 1891, April 9, 1892, April 13, 1892.



Hurst, James H. to Gilder, March 23, 1899, [n.d.].



FOLDER : 8.

J



Johnston, W.J., to Kelly, Hon. William H., June 2, 1890.



Jacques, W.H. to Gilder (9 letters), October 29, 1889 - June 9, 1891.



Jacques, W.H. from Gilder (2 letters), October 29, 1891 - June 9, 1891.



FOLDER : 9.

K



Kate [Kate Raymond?] to Will, April 5, 1892, April 24, 1892.



Kenealy, Alex C., to Gilder, June 4, 1891.



Kellogg, F. Laflin, to Gilder (14 letters), August 14, 1890 - March 21, 1890.



Kellogg, F. Laflin from Gilder



(1 letter)



FOLDER : 10.

L



Lauck, Pierre H., to Gilder, July 12, 1890.



Lechtel, E., to Gilder, May 4, 1890.



Leidy, John J., to Gilder, March 30, 1891, March 24, 1892, April 29, 1892.



Longfellow, C.A.; to Gilder, June 18, 1891?



FOLDER : 11.

M



McDowell, Henry B., to Gilder, April 17, 1889



McFarland, W.M., to Gilder, April 30, 1892.



McKee, George W. (Allegheny Arsenal) to Gilder, June 30, 1890, August 8, 1890, [n.d.]



The Mail and Express, to Gilder, November 20, 1888.



Malowansky, John from Gilder, March 20, 1892.



Malowansky, John to Gilder, April 1, 1892.



Mendenhall, T.C., from Gilder, August 15, 1890, Sept. 9, 1890.



Minturn, Maurice M., from Gilder, October 19, 1891.



Minturn, Maurice M., to Gilder, November 27, 1891.



Melms, Frank F. to Gilder, (17 letters); January 20, 1891 - April 20, 1892.



Melms, Frank F. from Gilder (2 letters); January 20, 1891 - April 20, 1892.



FOLDER : 12.

N



New York Ledger, to Gilder, February 6, 1890.



Noble, T.L.H., to Gilder, 1888.



Nordhoff, Charles from Gilder, April 3, 1890.



FOLDER : 13.

O.



Operti, Albert to Gilder (15 letters); November 10, 1889 - April 8, 1892.



Operti, Albert from Gilder (35 letters); August 3, 1889 - December 27, 1899.



FOLDER : 14.

P



Peck, H.C. to Gilder, December 4, 1889, October 10, 1890, March 7, 1891.



Phillips, George R., to Gilder, March 21, 1890.



Press Club of N. Y. to Gilder, November 23, 1891.



Preuss & Vollmer to Gilder (in German), April 23, 1890.



FOLDER : 15.

R



Reed, Frank H. to Gilder, February 22, 1892.



FOLDER : 16.

S



Saffi [?] Carlotta to Gilder, 1890.



Sanford, P.G., to Gilder, December 12, 1889.



Schoepf, W. Kesley from Gilder, August 30, 1890.



Schott, Prof C.A. from Gilder, October 18, 1890.



Schwatka, Ada to Gilder, [n.d.], August 13, 1891, April 20, 1892.



Syndicate of Evening Papers for Lt. Schwatka's N.Y. Ledger Alaskan Exploring Expedition of 1891.



Scovill Mfg. Co., bill to Gilder, July 13, 1886.



Servin [?], Barrett to Gilder, November 22, 1891.



Stewart, John A., to Gilder, January 22, 1892.



Schwatka, Frederick, to Gilder (15 letters), from Gilder (2 letters), February 11, 1889 - December 2, 1891.



Spicer, John O. to Gilder (11 letters), from Gilder (1 letter), June 12, 1887 - March 20, 1892.



FOLDER : 17.

T



Tom to Billy, February 12, 1891.



Thebaud, F.F. to Gilder, February 19, 1891.



Thompson, J. Walter to Gilder, December 9, 1891.



FOLDER : 18.

V



Vanderbilt [?] from Gilder, (Draft of letter request for backing for the North Magnetic Pole Expedition), [1890].



FOLDER : 19.

W.



[Waring, Howard S.?] to Captain Emory, August 30, 1890.



Webb, W.H. from Gilder, October 11, 1890.



Wiman, Erastus to Gilder, April 2, 1890, May 23, 1890.



World's Columbian Exposition to Gilder, with letter from R.E. Thompson, December 10, 1891, February 24, 1892.



FOLDER : 20.

Y



Yale College Observatory to Gilder, May 7, 1886.



de Young, W.H. from Gilder, December 26, 1890.



DeYoung, W.H., to Gilder, [December, 1890 or January, 1891.]



Young, James H., to Gilder, December 31, 1891.



MANUSCRIPTS



FOLDER : 21.

Hunting the oomingmunk. 32 1, Ink ms. and 2 pencil sketches.



Rough draft for Youth's Companion, November 17, 1885.



FOLDER : 22.

Nanook-moot. 26 1., Ink ms. Rough draft for Youth's Companion, November 17, 1885.



FOLDER : 23.

Netchuk-moot. 14 1, Ink ms.



FOLDER : 24.

Reporters as detectives, 1-3, 14-20. Incomplete draft.



FOLDER : 25.

Peary's winter quarters. 9 1, Ink ms. Incomplete.



FOLDER : 26.

Esquimaux dogs. 221, Ink ms.



FOLDER : 27.

Discipline on expeditions. 32 1., Ink ms.



FOLDER : 28.

Summer cookery. 6 1., Pencil ms.



FOLDER : 29.

Reindeer hunting. 7 1. Ink ms. Rough draft for Youth's Companion, November 17, 1885.



ARTICLES



FOLDER : 30.

Koomana. 2 p. Excerpt from Our Youth, vol. 1, no. 21, April 24 1886.



FOLDER : 31.

A boy's adventures in Tonkin and China. Boys and Girls Sunday [UNK]. January 14, 1894.



FOLDER : 32.

A boy's adventures in Siberia. Boys and Girls Sunday Journal, January 14, 1894.



FOLDER : 33.

To the Pole on Sledgers, Outing, November, 1885.



Sleds and Sledging in [UNK] Arctic Regions, Outing, December, 1887.



An Expedition to the North magnetic pole.



FOLDER : 34.

Diary



William H. Gilder's diary of a trip form Winnipeg to New York Factory and return, January 4, 1889 - March 1, 1887. Pencil ms. 1v. bound with ribbon. Includes 9 photographs probably taken on trip, but only one identified as such.



BOX II

NEWSCLIPPINGS



FOLDER : 1.

Jeanette Expedition. 1880 - 1881.



FOLDER : 2.

Cruise of the U.S. Rev. Dutter Corwin in search of the Jeannette. 1880.



FOLDER : 3.

Jeannette Relief Expedition. Cruise of the Corwin. 1881.



FOLDER : 4.

Jeannette Relief Expedition. U.S.S. Rodgers. 1881. Photograph of ships' officers.



FOLDER : 5.

[UNK] Expedition to Lady Franklin [UNK]. 1881.



FOLDER : 6.

Schwatka search for Franklin records. 1880 - 1881. Also article on Franklin, 1892.



FOLDER : 7.

Cruise of the Alliance to Iceland. 1881.



FOLDER : 8.

Arctic exploration. 1880 - 1890.



FOLDER : 9.

Frederick Schwatka - Obituaries. 1892.



FOLDER : 10.

Arctic exploration (Heilprin, Nansen, Peary, etc.) 1892 - 1894.



FOLDER : 11.

Antarctic exploration. 1893.



FOLDER : 12. - 13.

Guns and ammunition. 1890 - 1892.



FOLDER : 14.

Papers on Robert Stein's proposed expedition.



The story of Bjorling and Kallstenius, by Robert Stein, [n.p., n.d.] 8 p. Printed.



Proposed exploration of the west coast of Ellesmere Land, in the Arctic Ocean in the summer of 1894. [n.p., N.D.] 3 p. Printed.



Supplement - Project for continuous polar exploration. by Robert Stein. [Washington, D.C., 1893] 8 p. Printed.



Opinions. [n.p., n.d.] 2 p. Printed. Map.



Proposed expedition to explore Ellesmere Land, northwest of Baffin Bay and to rescue Bjorling and Kallstenius, Swedish naturalists lost in the Arctic, by Robert Stein. Gibson Bros., Washington, D.C., 1894. 29 p. With form of subscription and a map folded as a cover to the pamphlet.



Portrait of Robert Stein.



Envelope with 7 newspaper clippings about Stein's proposed expedition.



FOLDER : 15.

Photographs - 2 portraits of Gilder; one campsite photo.



FOLDER : 16.

Report to the Secretary of the Navy on the U.S.S. Rodgers Jeanette Relief Expedition 22 1 Ink ms. Also 5 letters to and from Secretary of Navy.



FOLDER : 17.

Sketches



4 sketches of [UNK] for a sled.



2 sketches of [UNK] [UNK].



Sketch of whip caught in ice.



Sketch map of location of bodies of members of DeLong Expedition.