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Archives and Manuscripts

The Club’s Archives and Manuscripts collection contains a number of hidden gems still largely unknown to most researchers. In addition to the records of the Club and its predecessors, our holdings include one of twelve extant copies of the Nares photo album, African dispatches from Henry Morton Stanley, turn-of-the-century lantern slides and more!

Information about all of our collections, great and small, can be found in our new Guide to the Collections of The Explorers Club – Archives, Personal Papers and Manuscripts. This is a good starting point for anyone wishing to know what we have and if it might be useful to them.

Many of our manuscript collections have yet to be processed and others are only processed partially. As a result, some collections do not have detailed finding aids and are not open to general research. The following provide more information on specific collections:

Finding Aid to the Archives of The Explorers Club
(partial) and a separate list of our Deceased Members Files.
Finding Aid to the Arctic Club of America Collection (complete)
Finding Aid to the Archives of the Peary Arctic Club (complete)
Finding Aid to the Edward Pierrepont Beckwith Collection (partial)
Finding Aid to the Louis Gilbert Beers Collection (complete)
Finding Aid to the William H. Jackson Photograph Collection (complete)
Finding Aid to the Collection of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition (complete)
Finding Aid to the Francis Joseph Long Collection (complete)

In addition, the Club has acquired a number of individual items and partial collections over the years. For further information, see our Finding Aid to Collection Fragments and Individual Items. One of these items, the Henry Morton Merriman Photo Album, also has its own guide.

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