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The Papers of Evelyn Stefansson Nef in the Dartmouth College Library

WMST Mss-99

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nef, Eveleyn Stefansson
Title Remainder: Papers. 1929-1978
Dates: 1929-1978
Identification: Mss-99





1913 Born, New York City
1939 Researcher for Stefansson Library
1941 Married Vilhjalmur Stefansson
1943 Here Is Alaska
1945 Within the Circle
1951 Stefansson Library moved to Dartmouth College
1955 Trip to Alaska
1957 Trans-Polar flight
1957 Here is the Far North
1959 Trip to the Soviet Arctic
1964 Married John Ulric Nef
1966-72 Editor-in-Chief, Delacorte's “Great Explorer” series
[1973] Graduated from Institute for the Study of Psychotherapy in New York

Administrative Information

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

INTRODUCTION

Evelyn Stefansson was much more than the wife of an Arctic explorer; she became an authority on the Arctic in her own right. In 1939, when she first went to work for Vilhjalmur Stefansson as a researcher, her background work had been in the performing arts, most notably as a puppeteer. Through her work at the Stefansson Library, and after her 1941 marriage to Stefansson, she developed a keen interest in and a deep understanding of the geography and people living within the Arctic Circle. As a researcher and writer, she collaborated with her husband on writing projects, many under government contract. She lectured often on the Arctic.

Mrs. Stefansson made several trips to the Arctic, including two trans-polar flights in the 1950's. Visits to Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and the Soviet Arctic were made to gather material for her books - introductory works on the Arctic “for intelligent teenagers and uninformed adults”.

In 1951 the Stefansson Library moved to Dartmouth College, and Evelyn served as librarian of the world-famous collection. She also lectured in geography and polar studies, and was twice director of the Arctic Seminar at Dartmouth.

After Stefansson's death in 1962, Evelyn remained for a short while with the Collection. She later moved to Washington, D.C., and in 1964 was married to John Ulric Nef.

Throughout her life Evelyn Stefansson maintained a deep interest in the arts. She was an avid photographer and took many pictures on her trips for use in her books. Her musical abilities were well developed in vocal music and on the recorder and she performed in many student plays at Dartmouth College.

The papers of Evelyn Stefansson contain manuscripts for her books and for many articles and book reviews. Correspondence with friends and publishers, trip diaries, and notebooks detail the many aspects of jer busy life. The papers occupy 7.0 linear feet and are a part of the Vilhjalmur Stefansson Collection on the Polar Regions. Additional information on Evelyn Stefansson may be found in two other of the Collection, entitled Arctic Seminar and Stefansson Collection.






CORRESPONDENCE



BOX I

FOLDER : 1.

1940 - 1941



FOLDER : 2.

1942



1943



FOLDER : 3.

B - L



FOLDER : 4.

M - W



FOLDER : 5.

Concerning Here Is Alaska



1944



FOLDER : 6.

A - H



FOLDER : 7.

J - P



FOLDER : 8.

S - W



1945



FOLDER : 9.

A - P



FOLDER : 10.

R - W



FOLDER : 11.

Unknown



FOLDER : 12.

Concerning Within the Circle



1946



FOLDER : 13.

A - S



FOLDER : 14.

With Society of Women Geographers



FOLDER : 15.

With V. Stefansson



FOLDER : 16.

Concerning books



1947



FOLDER : 17.

A - M



FOLDER : 18.

N - W



FOLDER : 19.

With Society of Women Geographers



1948



FOLDER : 20.

A - G



FOLDER : 21.

H - R



FOLDER : 22.

S - W



1949



FOLDER : 23.

A - G



FOLDER : 24.

H - P



FOLDER : 25.

R - W



1950



FOLDER : 26.

A - H



FOLDER : 27.

I - R



FOLDER : 28.

S - W



FOLDER : 29.

Get-well wishes



FOLDER : 30.

Concerning Compton's Encyclopedia article



FOLDER : 31.

Concerning Five St. Luke's Place



1951



FOLDER : 32.

A - L



FOLDER : 33.

N - W



FOLDER : 34.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



1952



FOLDER : 35.

B - W



FOLDER : 36.

Concerning Five St. Luke's Place



1953



FOLDER : 37.

B - W



FOLDER : 38.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



FOLDER : 39.

Concerning hospitalization



1954



FOLDER : 40.

B - W



FOLDER : 41.

Concerning Danish imports



FOLDER : 42.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



BOX II

1955



FOLDER : 1.

A - J



FOLDER : 2.

L - W



FOLDER : 3.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



FOLDER : 4.

Concerning Scandinavian trip



1956



FOLDER : 5.

B - R



FOLDER : 6.

S - W



1957



FOLDER : 7.

A - M



FOLDER : 8.

N - S



FOLDER : 9.

S - W



FOLDER : 10.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



1958



FOLDER : 11.

A - M



FOLDER : 12.

N - S



FOLDER : 13.

S - W



FOLDER : 14.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



1959



FOLDER : 15.

A - H



FOLDER : 16.

J - P



FOLDER : 17.

S - W



FOLDER : 18.

Concerning Five St. Lukes Place



FOLDER : 19.

Concerning Here is Alaska, revised



FOLDER : 20.

Concerning “Stone-age diet”



FOLDER : 21.

Concerning USSR trip



FOLDER : 22-23.

Concerning USSR trip Correspondence with VS



1960



FOLDER : 24.

A - F



FOLDER : 25.

G - S



FOLDER : 26.

S - W



FOLDER : 27.

Concerning Danish imports



1961



FOLDER : 28.

A - L



FOLDER : 29.

M - W



1962



FOLDER : 30.

A - Z



1963



FOLDER : 30A.

A - Z



1979



FOLDER : 30B.

Josephson, Vilhjalmur, nephew of Vilhjalmur Stefansson.



FINANCIAL MATTERS



1940



FOLDER : 31.

Account book, Dearing Farm, “started on September 11, 1940, 2 days after I bought Dearing Farm from Mary La Roch Bailey”



1941



FOLDER : 32.

Expenses - personal and household



FOLDER : 33.

Household expenses



1942



FOLDER : 34.

Expenses - personal and household



FOLDER : 35.

Taxes



1943



FOLDER : 36.

Expenses - personal and household



FOLDER : 37.

Expenses - professional



1944



FOLDER : 38.

Expenses - professional



FOLDER : 39.

Income and taxes



1945



FOLDER : 40.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 41.

Income and taxes



1946



FOLDER : 42.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 43.

Expenses - professional



FOLDER : 44.

Taxes



BOX III

1947



FOLDER : 1.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 2.

Expenses - professional



FOLDER : 3.

Taxes



1948



FOLDER : 4.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 5.

Expenses - professional



FOLDER : 6.

Income



1949



FOLDER : 7-8.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 9.

Expenses - professional



FOLDER : 10.

Taxes



1950



FOLDER : 11.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 12.

Income and taxes



1951



FOLDER : 13.

Expenses - personal



1952-1954



FOLDER : 14.

Expenses



FOLDER : 15.

Income



1955



FOLDER : 16.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 17.

Expenses - Scandinavian trip



1957



FOLDER : 18.

Expenses - Alaska trop



FOLDER : 19.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 20.

Taxes, stocks



1958



FOLDER : 21.

Expenses



1959



FOLDER : 22.

Expenses - personal and professional



FOLDER : 23.

Income and taxes



1960



FOLDER : 24.

Expenses - personal



FOLDER : 25.

Income



1961-1962



FOLDER : 26.

Expenses



FOLDER : 27.

Income



MANUSCRIPTS



Articles



FOLDER : 28.

“Amazing stone-age meat diet”, 1959



FOLDER : 29.

“Can the truth catch up with the lie” [A statement concerning the sale of Stoddard Farm]



FOLDER : 30.

“Czar or Commissar - who is the greater spendthrift?” Visit to a world-famous ballet school



FOLDER : 31.

“The eleventh Soviet visit to the North Pole.” 1946. Translated by ES



FOLDER : 32.

“Fort Yukon”



FOLDER : 33.

“Iceland found a way” 1950



FOLDER : 34.

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc. 1945



FOLDER : 35.

“New frontier in the North: Are we losing one more race to the Soviets?”



FOLDER : 36.

“The Norseman” [published in Compton's Children's Encyclopedia, 194?]



FOLDER : 37.

Preface to Eat and Grow Slim by Mackarness, 1959



FOLDER : 38.

“Vilhjalmur Stefansson” for American Oxford Encyclopedia



FOLDER : 39.

Miscellaneous outlines



“Face of the Arctic” for Encyclopedia Britanica Films



“My Life with the Eskimo”



“Prepare for the North”



Books



FOLDER : 40.

Eskimos: the Happy People. 1956. Unpublished notes



Here is Alaska



First early drafts



FOLDER : 41.

Chapter I - The island between the continents



FOLDER : 42.

Chapter II - The mainland



FOLDER : 43.

Chapter III - Unalakleet



FOLDER : 44.

Chapter IV - The Eskimos



FOLDER : 45-47.

Miscellaneous pages and notes



First draft



FOLDER : 48.

Chapters I - II



Chapters III - IV



Final draft - 1943 edition



FOLDER : 49.

VS indroduction



Looking into tomorrow



What kind of country is Alaska



The Eskimos



FOLDER : 50.

The Pribilof Islands, home of the seals



King Island and walrus hunting



What's happening in Alaska?



FOLDER : 51.

Memorandum of agreement



Revised 1959 edition



Early drafts: Typescript with holograph revisions



FOLDER : 52.

Chapter 1 - Forty-ninth state



FOLDER : 53.

Chapter 2 - What kind of country is Alaska?



FOLDER : 54.

Chapter 3 - Capitols old and new



FOLDER : 55.

Chapter 4 - The Eskimos



FOLDER : 56.

Chapter 5 - Life in a northern Alaskan village



FOLDER : 57.

Chapter 6 - Looking into tomorrow



FOLDER : 58.

Chapter 7 - Other Alaskan cities



BOX IV

FOLDER : 1-3.

Miscellaneous pages



FOLDER : 4-5.

Notes



FOLDER : 6.

Final draft, carbon



FOLDER : 7.

Supplement



FOLDER : 8.

Galley proofs



Fourth edition, 1983.



FOLDER : 8A.

Typescript and proof pages with holograph revisions.



Here is the Far North, 1957.



Early draft



FOLDER : 9.

Chapter 1 - The short way is north



FOLDER : 10.

Chapter 2 - Greenland



FOLDER : 11.

Chapter 3 - Iceland



FOLDER : 12.

Chapter 4 - Soviet Arctic



FOLDER : 13-16.

Notes and miscellaneous pages



FOLDER : 17.

Notes by VS



Final draft



FOLDER : 18.

The short way is north



FOLDER : 19.

Greenland



FOLDER : 20.

Iceland



FOLDER : 21.

The Soviet Sector



FOLDER : 22.

Galley proofs



Within the Circle, 1945



FOLDER : 23-26.

Early notes



Early drafts



FOLDER : 27.

Introduction



Disko Island



FOLDER : 28.

Grimsey



Kiruna and Gallivare



Igarka



FOLDER : 29.

Fort Yukon



Typescript with holograph revisions



FOLDER : 30.

North is everywhere



Disko



Grimsey



FOLDER : 31.

Introduction to Lapland



Kiruna and Gallivare



Igarka



FOLDER : 32.

Introduction to Alaska



Point Hope



Canada's North



Aklavik



FOLDER : 33.

Index



Picture captions



Galley proofs



FOLDER : 34.

With revisions



Agreement with publisher



Reviews



FOLDER : 35.

By Frank P. O'Hare



By Louis F. Gerber III



Book reviews by Evelyn Stefansson



FOLDER : 36-37.

Lectures, radio shows, talks



FOLDER : 38.

[The Bernstein - Moscow Concert]



FOLDER : 39.

[Comments on diet, goven atConference on Nutrition, N.Y. Academy of Medicine]



FOLDER : 40.

Interview with Nancy Craig



FOLDER : 41.

[Notes for a talk]



FOLDER : 42.

University of Alaska lecture



FOLDER : 43.

WTSL Radio Program



FOLDER : 44-45.

Miscellaneous writings



MISCELLANEOUS



FOLDER : 46.

Biographical information



FOLDER : 47.

Lecture programs



FOLDER : 48.

Legal documents



Birth certificate



Notice of divorce



Will



FOLDER : 49.

Apartment leases



Automobile registration



Dog license



FOLDER : 50.

Medical information



FOLDER : 51.

Memorabilia, 1943-1946



FOLDER : 52.

Memorabilia, 1950-1954



FOLDER : 53.

Memorabilia, 1955-1962



FOLDER : 54.

Memorabilia, 1963-1978



FOLDER : 55.

Notes



FOLDER : 56.

Two Allen Lane



FOLDER : 57.

United Congregationalist-Universalist Church



BOX V

NEWSCLIPPINGS



FOLDER : 1.

1929-1935



FOLDER : 2.

1943



FOLDER : 3.

1945



FOLDER : 4.

1946



FOLDER : 5.

1947



FOLDER : 6.

1950



FOLDER : 7.

1952



FOLDER : 8.

1954-1955



FOLDER : 9.

1956- 1957



FOLDER : 10.

1958-1959



FOLDER : 11.

1960-1967



Book reviews



FOLDER : 12.

Here is Alaska



FOLDER : 13.

Within the Circle



FOLDER : 14.

Here is the Far North



NOTEBOOKS



FOLDER : 15.

1942, Calendar



FOLDER : 16.

[1945?] Diary, trip to Tampa, Florida, and Northfield, Minnesota



FOLDER : 17.

1946-1947, Calendar, miscellaneous dates



FOLDER : 18.

1959, Calendar



FOLDER : 19.

1956, Trip to Moosone, via Ontario Northern Railway, as guest of Archie Freeman



FOLDER : 20.

Address books



FOLDER : 21.

Notes - names of persons attending wedding Room plans



RESEARCH FILES



FOLDER : 22.

Alaska



FOLDER : 23.

Alaska - Nunwak



FOLDER : 24.

Canadian Arctic



BOX VI

FOLDER : 1.

Columbus



FOLDER : 2.

Eskimos



FOLDER : 3.

Greenland



FOLDER : 4.

Soviet Arctic



FOLDER : 5.

U.S.S.R.



TRAVELS



FOLDER : 6.

1947 - Pacific Coast trip. List of addresses



FOLDER : 7.

1951 - European trip



FOLDER : 8.

1955 - Copenhagen via Los Angeles.



(10 l. typescript)



FOLDER : 9.

1957 - Alaska trip



FOLDER : 10-11.

1957 - Alaska trip diary (typescript)



FOLDER : 12.

1957 - Book Fair talks



FOLDER : 13-14.

1959 - Soviet trip



FOLDER : 15.

Soviet trip



FOLDER : 16.

1961 - Cleveland trip