Finn Ronne Dispatch to Alexander Wetmore

ID: SIA2010-0660

Creator: Ronne, Finn

Form/Genre: Document

Date: c. 1946

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 581, Folder: File 179983

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A dispatch sent by Finn Ronne, while on an expedition to Antarctica, to Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore. The dispatch tells Dr. Wetmore that Ronne was naming a glacier after him in recognition of Wetmore's contributions to "the field of exploration and scientific research.". The Ronne Expedition, 1946-1948, mapped and researched the Weddell Sea coastline. It was a privately funded expedition.


Wetmore, Alexander 1886-


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Dispatch from Finn Ronne to Alexander Wetmore: "Dr Alexander Wetmore Secretary Smithsonian Institution Washn DC in a press release which left the base tonight I took great pleasure in naming a glacier which flows into a fifty five mile deep bay in latitude seventy five degrees south longitude sixty three west Wetmore glacier in your honor. The bay I have named the American Geographical Society Bay. I think the naming of this glacier is most fitting in view of your outstanding contributions to the field of exploration and scientific research to the world and more personally because of your sympathetic interest in my expedition which I now feel has been highly successful. May New Year bring much happiness to you and Mrs Wetmore Best regards Finn Ronne".

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 581, Folder: File 179983

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c. 1946

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