Collection C0033 - Franklin Expedition and Arctic Exploration collection

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Franklin Expedition and Arctic Exploration collection


  • 1758-1967 (Creation)

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70 cm of textual records
23 photographs
9 microfilm reels

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Biographical history

These records were gathered together from a wide variety of sources by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, which has had an ongoing interest in the Franklin Expedition and Arctic exploration. In 1968 Glenbow salvaged the contents of a cache on Dealy Island, near Melville Island, which had been discovered during petroleum seismic work in the area. The cache had been left by British naval officer, Sir Francis McClintock, during his 1851 search for the missing Sir John Franklin. Artifacts from the cache are now held by the Glenbow Museum. This collection, which consists of both original documents and copies of records held elsewhere, provides detailed information about searches for Franklin and Arctic exploration.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Jane Franklin's signature was a gift of T.H.R. Hicks, 1977. The remainder of the original records were purchased, 1957-1974.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of diaries, letters, memoirs, reports and other records created by these individuals involved in searches for the missing Franklin Expedition, as well as other explorers who were contemporaries of Franklin

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Access to some materials is restricted due to their fragile condition. Transcripts or photocopies are available for research use.

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The material is in English.

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Existence and location of originals

The originals of copied records are held by the Codrington Library, Mr. Clark, Michael Forsyth-Grant, National Library of Scotland, Dumfries Burgh Museum, Canadian Department of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada, Royal Geographical Society, R.G. Birch, University of Glasgow Library, National Library of Ireland, and the Public Records Office.

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Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - Allan


Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - Hilliard


Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - Hood


Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - Hooper


Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - McClintock


Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - Royal


Microfilm- Franklin & Arctic - Forsyth


Includes files 15-17, 89, 123, 128, 131, 162, 199 from M-4843 Riveredge collection

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018




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