Race to the South Pole: Topics in Chronicling America
In 1912, newspapers reported two rival expeditions in a race to the South Pole-- only one would survive. This guide provides access to material related to the "Race to the South Pole" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and British explorer Robert F. Scott compete for the last great geographical discovery prize of the world- the South Pole. However, treacherous conditions quickly make the journey dangerous. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
The North Pole is discovered, and Robert F. Scott announces his South Pole expedition on the Terra Nova.
March 7, 1912
Roald Amundsen reports by telegram that is expedition successfully reached the South Pole in December 1911.
April 1912-February 1913
Reports indicate that Scott did not reach the Pole before Amundsen.