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Correspondence, diaries, articles and other papers of or collected by William Laird McKinlay concerning the Canadian National Arctic Expedition and the expedition of the 'Karluk' to Wrangel Island, Russia.

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Identifier: Acc.12696/1-67

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers in this collection relate to the Canadian National Arctic Expedition, 1913-1918, and the part played in it by William McKinlay and the expedition leader, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. McKinlay's account of his experiences, especially those of being shipwrecked and marooned on Wrangel Island, off the coast of Siberia, were published by him in 'Karluk: the great untold story of Arctic expedition'.


  • Creation: Circa 1903-1982, undated.


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1.56 Linear metres

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Other Finding Aids

For a more detailed list of Acc.12696/1-27 and 43-67, see NRAS2546, National Register of Archives for Scotland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2006, N M L Cherry, Glasgow, the Executor of the late Mrs A A Baillie-Scott, Glasgow.

Related Materials

Acc.12713. Papers of William Laird McKinlay relating to the Canadian National Arctic Expedition.

Related Materials

Other items, including a manuscript account of the expedition and the later activities of Stefansson – much broader in scope than 'Karluk' – have been deposited in the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

A small quantity of additional related documents can be found in survey NRAS2222, National Register of Archives for Scotland, the papers being in the possession of Dr P D Anderson.


McKinlay, William Laird. 'Karluk: the great untold story of Arctic expedition' (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976).
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