Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00046 - Vilhjamur Stefansson Papers

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Vilhjamur Stefansson Papers


  • 1922-1962 (Creation)

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1 box

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Vilhjamur Stefansson was a Canadian-born explorer and ethnologist who studied the language and culture of the Inuit and Eskimo. He led several expeditions of exploration and of ethnological and archaeological investigation in the Arctic. In 1921, he went for a second time with a small party of Inuit settlers in a speculative attempt to claim Wrangel Island for Canada. In 1926, the Soviet Union ejected the survivors of Stefansson's Inuit squatters and established the settlement that survives to this day on the island. Stefansson died in 1962.

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The collection consists of correspondence, diaries and documents (mainly photographs) pertaining to Stefansson's Wrangel Island expedition.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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