Edward Hopkins collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to time Hopkins spent in the Labrador region during 1860

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Payson Hopkins was born in 1843, son of Professor Albert Hopkins, and Louisa Payson. In 1860, Hopkins joined the United States Williams College Greenland Expedition (leader Paul Chadbourne), a small scientific expedition organized at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Chadbourne's plan was to land in southwest Greenland before proceeding north from port to port making natural history collections. However, ice kept the expedition offshore until they reached the vicinity of Sukkertoppen where they landed on 20 July 1860 and remained eight days collecting. From there, they sailed south to Godthab where they made more collections. Hopkins wrote an account of the expedition, which is now held by Williams College USA. He died in 1864.


The collection is arranged chronologically

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


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 author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and William college

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.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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Further accessions possible

Personal Names