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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 68

Smithsonian Institution

Polaris Expedition Records, 1871-1876

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at
Creator: Smithsonian Institution
Title: Polaris Expedition Records
Dates: 1871-1876
Quantity: 1.94 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 half document box) (1 16x20 box)
Collection: Record Unit 68
Language of Materials: English

This collection consists of the Polaris Expedition records along with the preparatory work of Emil Bessels, who oversaw their publication in Emil Bessels, editor, Scientific Results of the United States Arctic Expedition, 1876.

Descriptive Entry

The Polaris Expedition was undertaken for scientific observation in the Arctic during the period from 1871 to 1873, under the direction of the Navy. The Smithsonian Institution was involved, especially in meteorological observations, and acquired part of the records with a view to publishing them. This collection consists of the records themselves plus the preparatory work of Dr. Emil Bessels, who oversaw their publication in Scientific Results of the United States Arctic Expedition, 1876.

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 68, Smithsonian Institution, Polaris Expedition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Data Sheets (58 folders)

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Box 2

Data Sheets

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Box 3


Box 3 of 3