Henryk Arctowski collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Arctowski.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henryk Arctowski was born in Poland in 1871. He was educated in Belgium and Paris and also studied in London and Zurich. He joined the Belgian Antarctic Expedition, 1879-1899 (leader Adrian Victor Joseph de Gerlache de Gomery), and was in charge of the geological, oceanographical and meteorological programmes. He was connected with the Belgian Weather Service until 1909 and then became Chief of the Science Division of the New York Public Library. In 1920, Arctowski returned to Poland to become professor of geophysics and meteorology at the University of Lwow, and was attending a conference of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics in Washington D.C. when Poland was invaded at the beginning of the Second World War. After a period in England, he was appointed to a position in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. He died in America on 20 February 1958.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Access Information

By appointment.

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Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the item is signed by the author.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record, (1959) volume 9 number 61 p376 and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue. Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941

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