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. Edit




  • Circa 1903-1982, undated. (Creation)


  • 1.56 Linear metres (Whole)

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  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • Other Finding Aids

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

  • Bibliography

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

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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