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The Encyclopedia Arctica Manuscript in the Dartmouth College Library

WMST Mss-96

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Encyclopedia Arctica Manuscript
Title Remainder: Records. 1947-1945
Dates: 1947-1945
Identification: Mss-96





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ENCYCLOPEDIA ARCTICA MANUSCRIPT

Adjunct Descriptive Data

“Encyclopedia Arctica” is the manuscript of a proposed 20-volume reference work -- about 5 million words -- on the northern arctic and subarctic regions. Its impetus derived from the strategic concerns of the Cold War era, but paradoxically it seems to have perished in the very milieu (see Stefansson's memoranda and correspondence in these papers). The project was begun in 1947 under the sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy. In 1951 the Navy mysteriously withdrew its support after 3 or 4 million words had been written, with the cooperation -- at times voluntary and/or without remuneration -- of many governments (especially Canada), learned societies (eg., American Philosophical Society), and scholars from all over the world.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962) was the general editor, his visible contribution being especially devoted to the biography portion -- which includes ships. Excepting then biography, some of the other fields covered in the manuscript are: archaeology, anthropology, botany, engineering, geography, geology, history, law (including international relations); language, medicine, meteorology, oceanography, religion, zoology -- and special topics, as, the image of the arctic in Shakespeare.

Four sets of the manuscript were in existence in 1954; three under the care of the Navy and one in the Stefansson Collection. In 1970, a microfilm was produced and is available for consultation; however, the manuscript in the Stefansson Collection includes additional material -- never filmed. A 12-volume set, bound in blue cloth, is also held in the Stefansson Collection. The Dartmouth manuscript is housed in 21 Paige Miracle boxes, 11 Hollinger boxes and 1 portfolio. It is a manuscript unique in the physical and literary sense, and the most complete representative of its concept -- unique still perhaps among the genre of encyclopedias.






BOX : 1.

Index of Contributors, A-R



BOX : 2.

Index of Contributors, S-Z; Subject Headings, A-P



BOX : 3.

Subject Headings, Q-Z



BOX : 4.

Vol. 1 - Geology



BOX : 5.

Vol. 1 (cont.), Vol. 2 - Engineering



BOX : 6.

Vol. 2 (cont.)



BOX : 7.

Vol. 2 (cont.), Vol. 3 - Zoology (Excluding Birds)



BOX : 8.

Vol. 3 (cont.)



BOX : 9.

Vol. 3 (cont.), Vol. 4 - Zoology (Birds)



BOX : 10.

Vol. 4 (cont.), Vol. 5 - Plant Sciences (General), Vol. 6 - Plant Sciences (Regional)



BOX : 11.

Vol. 7 - Meteorology, Vol. 8 - Anthropology, Archaeology [Health, Medicine, Physiology?]



BOX : 12.

Vol. 8 (cont.), Vol. 9 - Transportation and Communication, Vol. 10 - Soviet North, Geography and General



BOX : 13.

Vol. 10 (cont.), Vol. 11 - Territorial Sovereignty and History



BOX : 14.

Vol. 11 (cont.), Vol. 12 - Alaska, Geography and General, Vol. 13 - Canada, Geography and General



BOX : 15.

Vol. 13 (cont.), Vol. 14 - Greenland, Svalbard, Etc.: Geography and General



BOX : 16.

Index of Biographies, A-M



BOX : 17.

Index of Biographies, N-Z



BOX : 18.

Vol. 15 - Biography [including ships filed at end of personal biographies], A-D



BOX : 19.

Vol. 15 (cont.), E-La



BOX : 20.

Vol. 15 (cont.), Le-Sh



BOX : 21.

Vol. 15 (cont.), Si-Z, Vol. 16 - Miscellaneous



BOX : 22.

Vol. 16 (cont.)



BOX : 23.

Oversize



BOX : 24.

Probable Source Material



Bibliographies #1



BOX : 25.

Bibliographies #2



BOX : 26.

U.S. Army



U.S. Air Force



U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board



BOX : 27.

U.S. Navy



Canada - Department of Internal Affairs



Pan-American Airways



BOX : 28.

Correspondence, 1947



BOX : 29.

Correspondence, 1947 (cont.), 1948



BOX : 30.

Correspondence, 1948 (cont.), 1949



BOX : 31.

Correspondence, 1949 (cont.), 1950



BOX : 32.

Correspondence, 1950 (cont.), 1951-1958



Fiscal Statistics



BOX : 33.

Portfolio



Item 1. [Volume 9: Transportation and Communication] “Plan for Sectional Sledge for Greenland Trip - Col. Lindberg” (Drawing by Anthony Fiala - photocopy)



Item 2. Volume 9: “Arctic Skin Boats -- Figures” by Howard A. Chapelle





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This biography was originally prepared for Encyclopedia Arctica, a project supported by the Office of Naval Research and carried on under the editorship of Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson.

Approximately this credit line should be given by anyone who publishes [material] from E A

Mrs. Stefansson would like to be informed of anyone who wants [copies] from E A especially if any is to be quoted or printed in its [entirety].