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Ottar M. Dahl collection of Antarctica

Identifier: Coll 085

Scope and Contents

Correspondence comprises about one third of the collection and is arranged alphabetically by person. Major correspondents include Elearnor and Hugh Evans, J.W. Hardcastle, Dorothy Irving-Bell, Rolf Klep, Dr. Thomas C. Poulter, and explorer Captain Finn Ronne.

Of special interest is the series of Antarctic information, which includes newsletters and expedition reports. These provide announcements of scientific discoveries and a record of daily polar life as well as local humor and news of parties stationed in Antarctica.

The collection also includes an incomplete manuscript of a book on Antarctica, tearsheets, and other printed material, and memorabilia.

A separate section of artwork contains an interesting eries of cigarette cards from the London Cigarette Card Company.

In addition, there are annual reports and other information from the Arctic Institute of North America and records of the Ottar M. Dahl Polar Collection of books and journals which were also a gift to the University of Oregon Library.

Photographs in the collection include one box of prints and slides, mostly related to Antarctica and polar exploration.


  • Creation: 1933-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Ottar M. Dahl, a native of Astoria, Oreogn and retired West Coast distributor for Toyota, was an avid collector of materials relating to Antarctica. As his interest in collecting became more serious he began to write to explorers and their familiar seeking information and materials about Antarctica.


8.75 linear feet (17 boxes)

Language of Materials



Includes correspondence, an incomplete manuscript by Dahl, expedition reports, records of the Arctic Institute of North America, tearsheets and other printed material, and a section of artwork containing a series of cigarette cards from the London Cigare.

Separated Materials

Photographs in this collection are stored separately under call number PH065.

Processing Information

Collection is processed.

Guide to the Ottar M. Dahl collection on Antarctica
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA