Guide to the Polar Diaries of the Charles L. Seitz, 1901 - 1905Stefansson Mss-244

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Guide to the Polar Diaries of the Charles L. Seitz, 1901 - 1905

Call Number:

Stefansson Mss-244

Collection Dates:

1901 - 1905

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (2.5 Linear ft.)


These papers contain materials relating to the two expeditions of Charles L. Seitz to the North Pole between 1901 and 1905, including three diaries and their transcripts, photographs, and electronic versions of portions of the original materials.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

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Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains materials relating to the two expeditions (Baldwin Polar Expedition, 1901-1902; Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Expedition, 1903-1905) of Charles L. Seitz to the North Pole during the time frame of 1901 to 1905. Contained within are three diaries kept by Seitz, as well as photographs and a complete transcript of the diaries arranged chronologically.


Charles Lewis Seitz of Evansville, Indiana, graduated from the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1899. Seitz served as an Assistant Surgeon on two polar expeditions to the North Pole (neither of which was successful).

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1901-1905

Box contains diaries and photographs pertaining to the Polar Expedition of Charles L. Seitz, M.D. as well as a full transcript of the diary entries sorted chronologically.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, The Polar Diaries of Charles L. Seitz, M.D.; 1901-1902, 1903-1905 - Complete transcript, 1901-1905
  • Folder: 2, Baldwin-Ziegler Expedition; Diary of Charles L. Seitz, M.D., 1901-1902
  • Folder: 3, Ziegler Polar Expedition [Excelsior Diary] (Diary 1 of 3), 1903-1905
  • Folder: 4, Ziegler Polar Expedition [Lewis Seitz] (Diary 2 of 3), 1903-1905
  • Folder: 5, Baldwin-Ziegler Expedition (Diary 3 of 3), 1903-1905
  • Folder: 6, Photographs; 1901-1902, 1903-1905, 1901-1905
  • Folder: 7, Photographs; 1901-1902, 1903-1905 (includes "Instructions for Sledge Party North," 16 February 1904 and photograph copies), 1901-1905

Box: 2, Dates: 1901-1905, undated

Box contains a collection of large photographs and a series of eight (8) compact discs containing electronic versions of the Polar Expedition materials.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Large Photographs
  • Folder: 3, Polar Expedition 1903-1905; digital surrogates, 1903-1905
  • Folder: 8, Polar Expeditions Book Pictures; digital surrogates, 1901-1905
  • Folder: 9, Polar Expeditions, Miscellaneous Pictures and Documents; digital surrogates, 1901-1905

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