University of Calgary's Arctic and Northern Studies Digital Collection.
Interested in rare archival documents about the Arctic? The University of Calgary Libraries has recently digitized rare and unpublished materials from the Arctic Institute of North America's collection.
The newly digitized collection contains letters (and transcriptions) dating from the 1600s to the early 1900s from notable figures of Arctic exploration, including Sir George Back, Sir Thomas L. Cook, Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin, Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, Sir George Nares, Sir William Edward Parry, Sir James Clark Ross, and John Rae. There are also manuscripts of reports from the catastrophic polar expedition of the USS Jeannette in 1881 and the voyage of the HMS Alert through Hudson Strait in 1886, as well as photographs from the expedition of the steamship Diana to Hudson Bay and Cumberland Gulf in 1897. The collection also includes early maps and charts of the Arctic and polar regions from the 1660s to the 1880s, sketches made by Frederick William Beechey during several Arctic expeditions, and lithographs and colour sketches made by Lt. S. Gurney Cresswell of HMS Investigator during the discovery of the Northwest Passage.
The digitization of these rare materials ensures that they are available for public access around the world and that they can be accessed without damage to the original items. Find them online at: http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/cdm/ Iandingpage/collection/p22007colll