American Museum of Natural History. Lincoln Ellsworth (Exhibit)

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Exist Dates

1933 - present

Biographical or Historical Note

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Permanent exhibition. Opened approximately 1933/1934. Located on Floor 1, Section EC (East Corridor). The Lincoln Ellsworth (Exhibit) included photographs and objects from the Ellsworth-Amundsen expeditions of 1925 and 1926 and his Arctic and Antarctic explorations; it also included the sledges that Peary and Admundsen used to reach the North and South Poles from 1906 and 1911 respectively (1, 1934, p. 18). Ellsworth funded a recasing and rearrangement of the corridor which had previously displayed Polar maps (2, 1933, p. 6). The exhibit was reinstalled in 1972 featuring a mural by Matthew Kalmenoff (2, 1972/73, p. 31). Currently, the exhibit showcases objects, photographs, and newspapers associated with Lincoln Ellsworth's expeditions to the Arctic with Amundsen in 1925-1926 and Antarctic in 1933-1939 (3).

Sources

    (1) General Guide to the Exhibition Halls of the American Museum of Natural History. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1939-1943.
    (2) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1933-1973/74.
    (3) Lincoln Ellsworth Exhibit. American Museum of Natural History. New York, NY. June 30, 2017.
    Information for the hall appears in the following Museum publications:
    Annual Reports for years 1933 (page 6); 1972 (page 31)
    American Museum of Natural History General Guides for years 1934 (Table of Contents, 18); 1935 (Table of Contents, 18); 1936 (Table of Contents, 18); 1939 (page 16); 1953 (page 15); 1956 (page 18); 1958 (page 17-18); 1962 (page 11); 1964 (page 11)
    American Museum of Natural History: an Introduction (page 7)

Chronology

  • 1933: Lincoln Ellsworth funds a redesign of the Polar Maps exhibit, constructing a new exhibit to display his exploration to the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • 1972: Reconstruction of exhibit with mural painting by Matthew Kalmenoff.

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AMNH: Floor 1, Section EC. [Additional location information: East Corridor.]

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

Amundsen, Roald 1872-1928
Exploration and memorablia from Amundsen represented in exhibit (1, 1934, p. 18).
Ellsworth, Lincoln 1880-1951
Exploration and memorablia from Ellsworth represented in exhibit (1, 1934, p. 18).
Kalmenoff, Matthew
Painted background murals in exhibit for 1972 reinstallation (2, 1972/73, p. 31).

Related Resources

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Historic Halls of the American Museum of Natural History
Curated digital images of permanent halls in the American Museum of Natural History Library, Digital Special Collections.

Written by: Clare O'Dowd
Last modified: 2018 December 7


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