Explorers of the Danish Fifth Thule Expedition

ID: 2005-8627

Creator: Hansen, Leo

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1920s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Records Unit 7091, Box 409, Folder: 2

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The six men are from left to right, top row: Kaj Birket-Smith, Therkel Mathiassen, Helge Bangsted; bottom row: Peder Pedersen (captain of the Skongen), Knud Rasmussen, Peter Freuchen (second in command), and Jacob Oleson (one of the seven translators on the expedition).


Hansen, Leo


  • Bangsted, Helge
  • Rasmussen, Knud 1879-1933
  • Birket-Smith, Kaj 1893-
  • Mathiassen, Therkel 1892-
  • Freuchen, Peter 1886-1957
  • Pedersen, Peder
  • Oleson, Jacob
  • Thule Expedition (5th : 1921-1924) Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-24


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  • Image number 2005-8655 is a black and white copy of this image.
  • Born in Greenland of a Danish missionary father and an Inuit mother, Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen, 1879-1933, was a Danish arctic explorer and ethnologist, who between 1921 and 1924, led a small band of colleagues in a journey of investigation across arctic North America from Hudson Bay to the Bering Strait. In 1910, he established his Thule station at Cape York, Greenland, the base for seven expeditions, five led by Rasmussen himself. Rasmussen was an excellent explorer, interpreter, and translator. He documented many Inuit legends that may have gone unnoticed without him. His work helped future explorers and he is remembered as the first man to cross the Northwest Passage by dog sled. He made a visit in 1924 to Washington, D.C., with several of his expedition companions. The visit was documented by Science Service, a news service established in 1920, which also publicized his expeditions.
  • For additional pictures of the Fifth Thule Arctic Expedition, see 2005-8623, 2005-8625, 2005-8626, 2005-8627, 2005-8628, 2005-8629, 2005-8630, 2005-8631, 2005-8632, 2005-8633, 2005-8634, 2005-8635, 2005-8636, 2005-8638, 2005-8639, 2005-8640, 2005-8641, and 2005-8642.
  • For additional pictures of Rasmussen's 1924 visit to Washington, D.C., see 2005-8624, 2005-8643, 2005-8644, 2005-8645, 2005-8646, 2002-8647, 2005-8648, 2005-8649, 2005-8651, 2005-8652, 2005-8654, 2005-8656, and 2005-8657.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Records Unit 7091, Box 409, Folder: 2

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  • Translators
  • Explorers
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Arctic
  • Inuit
  • Indians of North America




  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 10w x 6h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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