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NANSON, Dr Fridtjof (1861-1930)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 DFN
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: NANSON, Dr Fridtjof (1861-1930)
Date(s): 1890-1930
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box and 8 files
Name of creator(s): Nansen | Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg | 1861-1930 | Norwegian polar explorer and diplomat


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1861; educated, University of Christiania; went to Greenland Sea, 1882; curator in Natural History Museum, Bergen; went across Greenland, 1888-1889; Curator Museum of Comparative Anatomy, Christiania University; North Pole Expedition, in which he reached the highest latitude until then attained (86 deg. 14' m.), 1893-1896; Professor of Zoology, Christiania University; took an active part in the separation of Norway and Sweden, 1905; Minister for Norway at the Court of St James', 1906-1908; Nobel Peace Prize, 1921-1922; Professor of Oceanography, Christiania University, 1908-; Rector of St Andrews University, 1925-1930; died, 1930

Across Greenland
Eskimo Life
Farthest North, 1897
The Norwegian North Polar Expedition, 1893-1896, Scientific Results
Norway and the Union with Sweden, 1905
Northern Mists, 1911
Through Siberia, 1914
Sporting Days in Wild Norway, 1925
Hunting and Adventure in the Arctic, 1925
Adventure, and other Papers, 1927
Armenia and the Near East, 1928
Through the Caucasus to the Volga, 1931


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Fridtjof Nansen, 1890-1930, including letters to Mrs Tweedie, 1 May 1892, answering her questions about himself; sketches by A E Boyd and H M Paget of Nansen at the Royal Societies Club in Feb 1897; sketch of polar bear made by Nansen in 1927; proposal by Sir Clements Markham for a grant to Nansen put to the Council of the Royal Geographical Society, 1892; remarkd by G H Richards on Nansen's paper read before the Geographical Society of Norway, Feb 1890; paper by Nansen, 1892; typescript introduction to Nansen's Farthest North; description of Nansen's reception at Rouen, 10 Aug 1903, by George Yonflier and two letters from Nansen to Sir Napier Shaw, 30 Dec 1929 and 30 Jan 1930.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessed via the Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Hand list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Typescript introduction to Nansen's Farthest North was donated in 1913; letters from Nansen to Sir Napier Shaw were donated in 1981.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an Archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who Was Who.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
25 October 2001; Oct 2008.

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