This two-part exhibition of unique materials about Arctic exploration commemorates the centenary of the Crocker Land Expedition, an Arctic expedition co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, which included recent University of Illinois graduates W. Elmer Ekblaw and Maurice Tanquary. The exhibition in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library features manuscript materials from Sir William Parry, Sir John Franklin, and Sir John Richardson, and many association copies of works by important explorers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the Anglo-American contribution to Arctic exploration. The exhibits include items from the Palmer-Parry Collection, the Sir John Richardson Collection, the Schwatka Arctic Library, and the Mercanton Polar Library. The companion exhibition in the Library's First Floor North-South Hallway will include a pictorial timeline of Arctic exploration and will highlight the connections between the European Arctic explorers that are also represented in our collections.
Adam Doskey, the exhibition's curator and Project Supervisor of the Rare Book Cataloging Project in RBML, will give a guided tour of the exhibition at the February No. 44 Society meeting, on Wednesday, 13 February 13 at 3 pm. Don't miss it!