POLAR TREASURES

EXPLORE AN EXQUISITE SELECTION OF HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

The continuing tale of man’s fascination with the alluring and fatal Arctic region is vividly present in the thousands of photographs, letters, illustrations, maps, film, and diaries in the libraries’ Arctic collections.

In this online presentation, we have curated a selection of highlights from the participating libraries, representing the beautiful and the horrifying, the explorations and the failures, and the diversity of materials.

The treasures are presented in four themes: Travelling Towards Tragedy, Mapping Myths, Tales of Heroes, and Through the Looking Glass. Many of the objects are examples from larger collections, and you can click through to the individual libraries to read more.

The treasures originate from the archives of New York Public Library, Royal Danish Library, Central Library of Greenland, National Library of Norway, and National Library of Sweden.