Vilhjalmur Stefansson : Canadian Arctic expedition diaries, 1914-1918
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- Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson : Canadian Arctic expedition diaries, 1914-1918
MG 30 B81
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- Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879 - 1962) was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist. Stefansson organized and directed the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918 to explore the regions west of Parry Archipelago for the Government of Canada. Three ships, the Karluk, the Mary Sachs, and the Alaska were used. Stefansson's discoveries included new land (such as Brock, Mackenzie King, Borden, Meighen, and Lougheed Islands) that made up some of the world’s last major landmasses, and the edge of the continental shelf. From April 1914 to June 1915, he lived on the ice pack. Stefansson continued his explorations leaving from Herschel Island on August 23, 1915. He was the recipient of a number of international awards, and a U.S. postage stamp was issued in his honour. He authored several books including The Friendly Arctic (1921).
This collection consists of diaries, which in addition to daily entries describing exploration and camp incidents, contain numerous notes on Inuit dialects, meteorological data, game specimens and a few copies of letters sent.
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