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George Borup correspondence

Identifier: Mss .B67


  • 1908-1912

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0.5 Linear Feet (1 box) : approximately 163 items

Biographical sketch

George Borup was a geologist and explorer. He was the brother of Yvette Borup Andrews, the first wife of explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. Borup participated in Robert E. Peary's 1908-1909 North Polar expedition aboard the S.S. Roosevelt; his book, A tenderfoot with Peary, was published in 1911. Borup was appointed assistant curator in the American Museum of Natural History's Dept. of Geology and Invertebrate Paleontology on Dec. 20, 1911, and was chosen to lead the 1913-1917 Crocker Land Expedition. He drowned on April 28, 1912, in a boating accident in Long Island Sound.

Scope and content

The collection consists of handwritten and typewritten letters (some carbon copies). In some letters to his father, Borup describes his experiences on the North Polar expedition. One letter from Edmund Otis Hovey mentions the name "Jesup Land" for Axel Heiberg [Is]land and says there is no authority for using it. Two letters from Hugh J. Lee, who accompanied Peary on his expeditions to Greenland between 1893 and 1895, discuss the conflicting demands of exploration and family. Included are one short handwritten, signed letter from Robert Falcon Scott and one from Lincoln Ellsworth.
George Borup correspondence, 1908-1912
Language of description
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Finding aid created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2012.
Edition statement
Collection description from Library catalog written by Ann Herendeen, circa 2004.

Repository Details

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