The Arctic and Northern Studies digital collection comprises a selection of materials from the University of Calgary’s Archives and Special Collections. The materials are rare published or unpublished archival documents, dating from the 1600s to the early 1900s, which were originally acquired by the Arctic Institute of North America, now located at the University of Calgary.
The Arctic and Northern Studies digital collection to date includes letters from participants of Arctic explorations originating in Victorian England including holographic letters with transcriptions by Sir George Back, Sir Thomas L. Cook, Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin, Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, Sir George Nares, Sir William Edward Parry, Sir James C. Ross and John Rae. Included are also sketches Frederick William Beechey made while observing his surroundings as a participant of several expeditions in the early 1800s. There are the manuscripts of reports from the disastrous polar expedition of the USS Jeannette in 1881 and the voyage of the HMS Alert through the Hudson's Strait in 1886 under Captain Sir Alfred Hastings Markham, as well as photographs from the expedition of the steamship Diana under the Command of William Wakeham in 1897 to the Hudson Bay and Cumberland Gulf. Early maps and charts of the Arctic and polar regions from the 1600s to the late 1880s are also included in this collection, as are lithographs of eight colour sketches by Lt. S. Gurney Cresswell of H.M.S. Investigator created during the discovery of the Northwest Passage.
Current Usage Policies
Access to this collection is given for private study and research. Texts and images can be downloaded in part or wholly for these purposes.
Permission to use any of the material for public display or publication must be obtained by contacting the University of Calgary Archives and Special Collections.