Greenland Expedition of 1939

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In 1939 Bob Bartlett led an expedition to Northeast Greenland, in cooperation with the New York Zoological Society, and the Smithsonian Institution. Collections were made for both institutions along with the New England Museum of Natural History. The expedition was one of many made upon his boat the Effie M. Morrissey. As with other trips made by Bartlett, the expedition’s crew consisted of young college students who paid their way and performed tasks to assist in the journey’s success. Dr. Waldo L. Schmitt also assisted Bartlett by providing collection material and analyzing the specimens collected. Bartlett collected area vegetation and marine invertebrates, and sent reports concerning ice movements and weather conditions to the Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C. in exchange for maps of the Arctic. Expedition members captured four baby musk oxen for the Bronx Zoo and made dredgings from the bottom of Cape Farewell. Locations along the expedition include Angmagssalik [Tasiilaq], Jackson Island, and Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord. On this trip the Morrissey's farthest north point for the East Coast, at 77° 15′was established.


  • Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College. (2010). The Papers of Robert Abram (Bob) Bartlett in the Dartmouth College Library . Retrieved from
  • Debenham, F., ed. (1940). Polar Records, 3(19), 227. Retrieved from

Date Range

1939 - 1939


  • Zoology
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Botany




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