Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Ekblaw, Walter Elmer, 1882-1949
Title
Walter E. Ekblaw papers
ID
M327
Date [inclusive]
1913-1918, undated
Extent
3.0 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Materials relating to the 1913-1917 Crocker Land Expedition. Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence sent before and during the expedition, field notebooks with scientific observations (geology, botany, ornithology, etc.), personal journals, as well as many inserts found within the notebooks.

Preferred Citation

Walter E. Ekblaw Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Elmer Ekblaw was born on March 10, 1882 in Champaign County, Illinois. He was one of six children born to Andrew Ekblaw (1854-1923) and Ingrid (Johnson) Ekblaw (1860-1942). He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in 1910. He taught at the University of Illinois from 1910 to 1913. He subsequently became a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History. From 1913 to 1917, he served as geologist and botanist of the Crocker Land Expedition lead by Donald Baxter MacMillan. He attended Clark University where he received a Ph.D. in 1926 and served as a professor of geography at Clark University from 1924 to 1949. He died in 1949 and was buried at the Glen Cemetery in Ford County, Illinois.


Scope and Content

Materials relating to the 1913-1917 Crocker Land Expedition. Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence sent before and during the expedition, field notebooks with scientific observations (geology, botany, ornithology, etc.), personal journals, as well as many inserts found within the notebooks.


Arrangement

Arranged in notebook number order. Correspondence organized alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Provenance

Transferred from the Bowdoin College Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum in 2016.


Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Additional volumes related to the Crocker Land expedition digitized from the Donald B. MacMillan papers (M118), the Miriam MacMillan papers (M119), and the Maurice C. Tanquary papers (M328).

The Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin holds other material from the Crocker Land expedition and mounted an exhibit in 2014.


Sponsor

Digitization of materials related to the Crocker Land Expedition generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, 2016.


Collection Inventory

 M327.1 Correspondence, 1913-1917 

Box Folder
1 1

A.G. Spalding & Bros, 1913 

    1 2

    Bausch & Lomb Optical, 1913 

      1 3

      Bent, A.C., 1913 

        1 4

        Binoculars, 1913 

          1 5

          Blank stationery 

            1 6

            Borup, H.D., 1913 

              1 7

              Britton, Elizabeth G., 1913 

                1 8

                Comer, George, 1916-1917 

                  1 10

                  Cornell University, 1913 

                    1 9

                    Cooke, Wells W., 1913 

                      1 11

                      Firearms, 1913 

                        1 12

                        Freuchen, Peter, 1915-1916 

                          1 13

                          Grand Forks Herald, 1913 

                            1 14

                            Green, Fitzhugh, 1912-1916 

                              1 15

                              Headquarters Report, 1914-1915 

                                1 16

                                Hobbs, W.H., 1913 

                                  1 17

                                  Homan, William, 1913 

                                    1 18

                                    Hovey, Edmund O., 1912-1917 

                                      1 19

                                      Hunt, Harrison J., 1915-1916 

                                        1 20

                                        Illinois Urbana, University of, 1913 

                                          1 21

                                          Individuals, 1912-1913 

                                            1 22

                                            James, Leonard V., 1913 

                                              1 23

                                              Jot, 1915-1916 

                                                1 24

                                                Leitz Optical, 1913 

                                                  1 25

                                                  MacMillan, Donald B., 1912-1917 

                                                    1 26

                                                    Mene, 1916 

                                                      1 27

                                                      Miscellaneous, 1912-1915, n.d. 

                                                        1 28

                                                        Miscellaneous Lists 

                                                          1 29

                                                          Natural History, American Museum of, 1913-1916 

                                                            1 30

                                                            New York Times, 1913 

                                                              1 31

                                                              Peabody Museum/Yale, 1912-1913 

                                                                1 32

                                                                Photography, Illinois College of, 1913 

                                                                  1 33

                                                                  Pickles, H.C., 1916 

                                                                    1 34

                                                                    Rough plans, 1913 

                                                                      1 35

                                                                      Scientific Technique, 1910-1915, n.d. 

                                                                        1 36

                                                                        Simmons, H.G., 1913 

                                                                          1 37

                                                                          Tanquary, Maurice C., 1913-1916 

                                                                            1 38

                                                                            Thermometers, 1913 

                                                                              1 39

                                                                              Wilson, Jospeh R., 1913 

                                                                                1 40

                                                                                Wood, George V., 1913 


                                                                                   M327.2 Notebooks and Journals, 1913-1918 

                                                                                  Box Volume
                                                                                  2 1

                                                                                  Crocker Land field notebook no. 1 Botany Accessions 

                                                                                    2 2

                                                                                    Crocker Land field notebook no. 2 Crockerland Trip 

                                                                                      2 3

                                                                                      Crocker Land field notebook no. 3 Miscellaneous Botany 

                                                                                        2 4

                                                                                        Crocker Land field notebook no. 4 Summer 1914 

                                                                                          2 5

                                                                                          Crocker Land field notebook no. 5 Ellesmere Island Trip, March-June 1915 Book III 

                                                                                            2 6

                                                                                            Crocker Land field notebook no. 6 Winter 1914-1915 

                                                                                              2 7

                                                                                              Crocker Land field notebook no. 8 Miscellaneous data, Library, Photographs 

                                                                                                2 8

                                                                                                Crocker Land field notebook no. 10 December-January 1912-1914 

                                                                                                  2 9

                                                                                                  Crocker Land field notebook no. 18 Equipment 

                                                                                                    2 10

                                                                                                    Crocker Land field notebook no. 31 Geology Accessions January 15-May 23, 1917 

                                                                                                      2 11

                                                                                                      Crocker Land field notebook no. 33 Botany 

                                                                                                        2 12

                                                                                                        Crocker Land field notebook no. 35 Geology Sept. 24 1916 - Jan 14, 1917 

                                                                                                          2 13

                                                                                                          Crocker Land field notebook no. 45 Boxes of Specimens MCT 

                                                                                                            2 14

                                                                                                            Crocker Land field notebook no. 46 Field Diary April 13-June 13 [1916] 

                                                                                                              3 15

                                                                                                              Crocker Land field notebook no. 61 Vocabulary 

                                                                                                                3 16

                                                                                                                Crocker Land field notebook no. 62 Umanak, Thule references Summer 1916 

                                                                                                                  3 17

                                                                                                                  Crocker Land field notebook no. 64 Field Diary II 1916 June 13-Sept. 23 

                                                                                                                    3 18

                                                                                                                    Crocker Land field notebook no. 66 Nov 19-23 1915 

                                                                                                                      3 19

                                                                                                                      Crocker Land field notebook no. 72 Ornithology 

                                                                                                                        3 20

                                                                                                                        Crocker Land field notebook no. 84 Glaciology and Meteorology 

                                                                                                                          3 21

                                                                                                                          Crocker Land field notebook with notes on Ellesmere Island trip 

                                                                                                                            3 23

                                                                                                                            Crocker Land field notebook 

                                                                                                                              3 23

                                                                                                                              Crocker Land Journal: G 

                                                                                                                                4 24

                                                                                                                                Crocker Land Journal: I, Meteorology 

                                                                                                                                  4 25

                                                                                                                                  Address Book, 1912 

                                                                                                                                    4 26

                                                                                                                                    Personal Diary, Sept - Nov 1913 

                                                                                                                                      4 27

                                                                                                                                      Ellesmere and Ginnell Land Trip, 1915 

                                                                                                                                        4 28

                                                                                                                                        Ornithology, Summer 1916, Thule 

                                                                                                                                          5 29

                                                                                                                                          Travelogue, 1916-1917 

                                                                                                                                            5 30

                                                                                                                                            Daylogue for all Years, 1916-1918 

                                                                                                                                              5 31

                                                                                                                                              Diary, May 24-August 22 1917 

                                                                                                                                                5 32

                                                                                                                                                Ornithology, South Upernavik, 1917 

                                                                                                                                                  5 33

                                                                                                                                                  Small black notebook written in 1918 

                                                                                                                                                    5 34

                                                                                                                                                    Diary, Augusta May, 1918 

                                                                                                                                                      5 35

                                                                                                                                                      Botany field notes from Crocker Land Expedition 

                                                                                                                                                        5 36

                                                                                                                                                        Geology Notes 

                                                                                                                                                          5 37

                                                                                                                                                          Geology and Paleontology 

                                                                                                                                                            5 38

                                                                                                                                                            Herbarium Statements 

                                                                                                                                                              5 39

                                                                                                                                                              Lists of Botanical Specimens 

                                                                                                                                                                5 40

                                                                                                                                                                Ornithology field notes from Crocker Land Expedition 

                                                                                                                                                                  5 41

                                                                                                                                                                  Scientific Observations