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The Papers of Ernest deKoven Leffingwell in the Dartmouth College Library

WMST Mss-69

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Leffingwell, Ernest deKoven
Title Remainder: Papers. 1900-1961
Dates: 1900-1961
Identification: Mss-69





Administrative Information

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

INTRODUCTION

Ernest deKoven Leffingwell, having studied geology at the University of Chicago, became chief scientist of the Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Expedition, 1901. The expedition was unsuccessful in its attempt to reach the pole, but Leffingwell's chief contribution was a map of the area as seen from the ship and sled trips.

With Ejnar Mikkelson, Leffingwell planned the Anglo-American Expedition in 1906; their goal was to discover new lands and complete gaps in the mapping of the known islands north of Banks Land. Ice conditions, however, prevented the expedition from proceeding beyond Flaxman Island. Their unseaworthy ship was dismantled and used to make a cabin on the island.

Leffingwell chose to remain on the island to carry out geological and topographical mapping. During the years 1907 - 1914, he made several trips to the area and mapped the Sadlerochit Mountains-Canning River region. He made a triangulation net and topographical map of approximately 150 miles of coastline, and named many of the physiographic landmarks in the area. He made early studies of ground ice, now called permafrost; some of his drawings of ground ice are included in the collection.

The papers of Ernest Leffingwell include many original journals kept during his expeditions, correspondence, and papers such as the signed agreement of Leffingwell and Mikkelson concerning the Anglo-American Expedition. The papers are a part of the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Collection on the Polar Regions and were a gift of the author. A few papers were the gift of Roza Ekimov. They occupy approximately one foot of shelf space.






BOX I

ARTICLES



FOLDER : 1.

Leffingwell, “A Brief Account of the Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Expedition,” The File Closer June 1903.



“Camping Alone by the Polar Sea,” Collier's Outdoor America.



“A Communication from Leffingwell,” University of Chicago Magazine.



“My Polar Explorations, 1901-14,” Explorer's Journal, October 1961.



FOLDER : 2.

Ekimov, Roza, “Bio-Bibliography of Ernest deKoven Leffingwell.”



Hanable, William S., “Leffingwell: Prudhoe's Pioneer Scientist.”



CORRESPONDENCE



FOLDER : 3.

1900



FOLDER : 4.

1901



FOLDER : 5.

1902



FOLDER : 6.

1903



FOLDER : 7.

1905 - 1907



FOLDER : 8.

1922 - 1925



FOLDER : 9.

1940's



FOLDER : 10.

1960's



JOURNALS



FOLDER : 11.

Diary kept on the Baldwin-Ziegler Expedition, Feb. 28, 1901 - Feb. 28, 1902.



FOLDER : 12.

Private Journal. May 20, 1906 - December 31, 1907.



FOLDER : 13.

Field Journal, 1906 - 1908



Notes of Sled Trips, 1906 - 1908.



FOLDER : 14.

Geological Notes, Anglo-American Polar Expedition. March 4, 1907 - May 15, 1907.



FOLDER : 15.

Miscellaneous astronomical and geodetic observations with altazimuth August 1907 -



FOLDER : 16.

Logbook. Voyage of the Argo from Seattle to Flaxman Island, May, 1909 - August, 1909.



BOX II

FOLDER : 1.

May 20, 1909 - October 2, 1910.



FOLDER : 2.

October 3, 1910 - September 3, 1911.



FOLDER : 3.

September 4, 1911 - September 3, 1912.



FOLDER : 4.

August 24, 1913 - May 19, 1914.



MANUSCRIPTS



FOLDER : 5.

Anglo-American Expedition. 1909



FOLDER : 6.

My Furthest Outpost.



FOLDER : 7.

With the Argo to the Arctic. 1923



FOLDER : 8.

An Arctic Portrait. 1925



FOLDER : 9.

Autobiographical Notes for Encyclopedia Arctica.



PAPERS



FOLDER : 10.

Anglo-American Expedition, 1906 - 1907



Agreements between Ejnar Mikkelson and E. deK. Leffingwell.



Mr. S. Storkerson, mate of “Duchess of Bedford.” orders.



Receipts of payment



Notice from Mikkelson.



FOLDER : 11.

Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Expedition, 1901



“Copied from Barnard's Record, written upon our return to the ship after it was all over.”



Notice from Evelyn B. Baldwin.



“The Midnight Sun”, vol. 1 no. 1.



FOLDER : 12.

Drawings.



Ground Ice. 1914.



FOLDER : 13.

Maps



Outline Map of Arctic Regions, 1913. Romanoff Chain, Herschel Island. Map of Franz Joseph Land 1902



FOLDER : 14.

Miscellaneous



Presentation of American Geographical Society Gold Medal, 1923.



Membership, Washington Academy of Sciences.



FOLDER : 15.

Newsclippings



FOLDER : 16.

Portraits



Mikkelson



Leffingwell



FOLDER : 17.

Photographs



Flaxman Island, 1966



Geological formations.



“Argo”; “Duchess of Bedford.”