Harrie H. Newcomb Papers,
0.25 linear ft.
Catalog Number: M257
Agency History /
Harrie H. Newcomb, veterinarian, spent his early years in Greenfield, Massachusetts, then graduated from McGill University in 1897 with a degree in Veterinary Science. In 1903 he was employed by William Ziegler as veterinarian for the Ziegler Polar expedition, commanded by Anthony Fiala. Newcomb's primary responsibility was to care for the expedition ponies, securing food and veterinary supplies as well as providing medical treatment. Following the expedition he continued to travel, taking horses to Italy during World War I. Prior to retirement, Newcomb was medical director and sales manager of a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Scope and Content:
The collection contains papers relating to Harrie H. Newcomb's participation in the Ziegler Polar Expedition, 1903-1905. Included is a manuscript autobiography by Newcomb and expedition correspondence, documents and reports. The bulk of the expedition paperwork is by Newcomb and Anthony Fiala, Commanding Officer, regarding the ponies, medicine and supplies, although there are reports from other medical officers. Memorabilia include issues of the camp newsletter and dinner menus. Some of the menus have original artwork by artist Russell W. Porter and are signed by members of the crew. There are also off-prints of publications relating to arctic exploration including two published maps of Franz Josef Land.
Cite as: Harrie H. Newcomb Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library
Access Restrictions: None.