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STEFANSSON, Vilhjalmur (1879-1962)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 VST
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: STEFANSSON, Vilhjalmur (1879-1962)
Date(s): 1911-1957
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box containing 3 files
Name of creator(s): Stefansson | Vilhjamur | 1879-1962 | Arctic explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Canada, 1879; expedition to Northern shores of Canada and Alaska, 1908-1912; leader of the Canadian Arctic expedition, 1913; Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Founder's Medal 1921; Fellow of the RGS, 1923-1962; died, 1962.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Vilhjamur Stefansson including photostats of records from the Arctic, 1851-1909, found by the Canadian Arctic expedition in 1917 on Banks and Dealy Islands and letters, chiefly on Stefansson's interest on Ogden's system of Basic English, 1926-1954.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in two sections: records and letters.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible 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 the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Detailed list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Letters were donated by Paul Rich at various dates: 1981, 1985, 1988.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Correspondence Blocks: 1911-1920, 1921-1930, 1931-1940. J Scott Keltie correspondence includes some letters from V Stefansson.

RGS Correspondence Files: 1921-1945.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Obit: The Geographical Journal, Vol. 128, No. 4 (Dec., 1962), pp. 579-580.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
8th March 2001. May 2008.

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