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The following list of selected resources are found outside of the Library of Congress and include educational organizations, libraries, and online materials dedicated to the study, history, and exploration of the polar regions.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the repository of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. These records are preserved and are available to researchers, whether they want to see if they contain clues about family history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests them. Find photographs from polar exploration exhibits and conferences by searching key words in the National Archives search system.
The Naval History and Heritage Command maintains the records of the Navy's history and offers a section about the Navy's role in polar exploration. This resource gives histories and overviews of missions undertaken by the Navy to explore the Arctic and Antarctica.
Polar explorers Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan were graduates of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is an educational center and museum created by Bowdoin College, preserving materials from the explorers. It contains primary source materials from Peary, MacMillan, and other polar explorers. It also houses cultural artifacts from Inuit communities.
Colombia University Libraries hold a collection of documentary filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty. He was known for his "docudramas" or works of "docufiction" as a filmmaker. Most relevant to polar exploration is his piece "Nanook of the North" (1922), which follows the Inuit man "Nanook" (actually named Allakariallak) and his family.
The Robert Peary collection contains photographs, correspondence, and manuscripts relating to his work as an Arctic explorer. A rough working draft of "Northward over the Great Ice," is also included. Most of the photographs in the collection were used in Peary's books on the Arctic region.
The Scott Polar Research Institute is a research center that centers around the Arctic and Antarctic. It includes a library, an archive, digitized photographs, and a museum collection with an online catalog.
The Smithsonian Institute's Arctic Studies Center holds collections about circumpolar indigenous people of the past and present. The collections hold information about the culture of circumpolar people and the geology of North America, northern Europe, and Asia.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. This article contains a backgrounder on the Arctic Council and its work.
This report is authored by indigenous Inuit people from Inuit Nunangat and traditional Inuit territory in Greenland and Alaska. It offers their perspective on the impact of climate change on their homeland and the opening up of the Northwest Passage to commercial pursuits.
The library of the National Institute of Polar Research provides access to articles, data reports, and publications from the Institute. The data from these publications is taken from the Institute's observation stations in the Arctic and Antarctic.
The open-access research journal from the Norwegian Polar Institute. It primarily publishes research notes and book reviews from scholars in a variety of different scientific fields, all of which focus on Arctic research.