[Under the midnight sun]

Mss.919.8.D73u

Date: Circa 1869 | Size: 1 Volumes, 39 x 50 cm folio

Abstract

A companion volume of albumen prints taken by William Bradford and other members of the "Panther", in Greenland, in the summer of 1869. This voyage is described in Hayes, I. I. The Land of Desolation; William Bradford was the Captain of the Panther.

Background note

Dalton Dorr (1846-1901) was elected secretary of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now known as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in 1880. In 1887, the title of curator was added to his duties that later culminated in the directorship of the museum in 1892. He administered these three tasks until 1899. Dorr enjoyed traveling. The "Notes of travel made from memoranda in old diaries" (B D735) is a hand-written account of recollections of his excursions. Written in the winter of 1897-1898, the journal presents details of "A Pleasure cruise in Greenland" in the summer of 1869 with marine painter William Bradford, Massachusetts photographers John Dunmore and George Critcherson, and arctic explorer and physician Dr. Isaac I. Hayes. Dr. Hayes' published work, The Land of Desolation (1872), gives a full description of the Panther's voyage north along the island's west coast. From March 1872 to April 1873, Dorr explored "The Indian territory, Colorado and the Pacific Coast" including the Mojave reservation, Fort Yuma, Arizona City, San Diego and San Francisco. Other places noted include trips to Paris (1873), England, Scotland, and Ireland (1882-1884), and a Continental trip (1885). Referenced in the journal, "Under the midnight sun" (919.8 D73u) is the companion bound folio of albumen prints by Bradford, Dunmore and Critcherson of Greenland. The 92 photographs, with hand-written captions, reflect arctic landscapes, native houses, Norse ruins, glaciers, icebergs, bears, and Inuits. The picturesque representations have scientific as well as ethnographic value. A manuscript map of Davis Strait and the west side of Greenland, shows the route of the 1869 Bradford expedition in red.

Scope and content

Native American Images note : A bound folio of 92 albumen prints, from 16 x 21 cm. to 29 x 40 cm., are primarily landscapes of icebergs, glaciers, and rock formations. Thirty-five of the prints are ethnographic in nature of Inuit social life and customs, including dwellings, encampments, kayak, oomiak, and portraits in native attire. Images reflect settlements in Krakortok, Sermitsialik, and Upernavik along the west coast of Greenland in 1869. Referenced in the Supplement to a Guide to Manuscripts relating to the American Indian in the Library of the American Philosophical Society, with descriptive text in Dorr's journal and Hayes' work.

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume.

Provenance

Presented by Hayes A. Dorr, 1973.

Related material

Hayes, I. I. (Isaac Israel), 1832-1881. The land of desolation: being a personal narrative of observation and adventure in Greenland (New York, 1872) Call no. 919.8 H32L

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Panther (Ship)

Genre(s)

  • Albumen prints
  • Maps.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Arctic regions -- Description and travel.
  • Arctic regions -- Pictorial works.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bradford, William, 1823-1892
  • Dorr, Dalton, 1846-1901
  • Hayes, I. I (Isaac Israel), 1832-1881

Subject(s)

  • Arctic Indians
  • Arctic Regions -- Discovery and exploration
  • Inuit -- Greenland


Detailed Inventory

Photographs
1869 LH-B-31
1. Quiddy Viddy (Newfoundland)
1869 
2. Quiddy Viddy (Newfoundland)
1869 
3. Petty Harbor (Newfoundland)
1869 
4. Petty Harbor (Newfoundland)
1869 
5. Julianshaab
1869 
6. Trader's family, Half-breed, Julianshaab-Benedict
1869 
7. Norse Ruins, Krakortok
1869 
8. Norse Ruins, The Church
1869 
9. The Church, 2nd view
1869 
10. The Church, 3rd view
1869 
11. The Church, 4th view
1869 
12. Oomiak, or Women's Boat
1869 
13. Camp at Krakortok
1869 
14. Peter Motzfeldt, Governor of Kraksiment, and part of his family
1869 
15. Esquimaux Girl, "Concordia"
1869 
16. Sermitsialik Glacier, North Face
1869 
17. Sermitsialik Glacier, South Face
1869 
18. South Face of Glacier, 2nd view
1869 
19. South Face of Glacier, 3rd view
1869 
20. South Face of Glacier, 4th view
1869 
21. South Face of Glacier, 5th view, showing the "Ice Tongue"
1869 
22. Face of Fresh Cleavage from Face of Glacier
1869 
23. The Lateral Thrust of the Glacier
1869 
24. View down the Fiord from the Moraine on North Side of Glacier
1869 
25. Moraine, 2nd view
1869 
26. Moraine, 3rd view
1869 
27. Torrent inder Glacier, at edge of Moraine
1869 
28. Camp on Sermitsialik Glacier
1869 
29. A Walk over the Glacier
1869 
30. A Crevasse on the Glacier
1869 
31. View down Kraksimiut Fiord, from Cliffs beside Glacier, North side
1869 
32. View down the Fiord from South Side of Glacier
1869 
33. Irigtuk Cryolite Mine, Arsuk Mt. in distance
1869 
34. Arsuk Mt., 4400 feet
1869 
35. Arsuk Mt., 2nd view
1869 
36. Arsuk Mt., 3rd view
1869 
37. Arsuk Mt., 4th view
1869 
38. Disco
1869 
39. Disco, 2nd view
1869 
40. Disco, Danish Supply Ships
1869 
41. Disco, Wrecked Whaler
1869 
42. Disco, Sophy and Maria, Half Breed
1869 
43. The Gull Cliffs, near Upernavik
1869 
44. The Gull Cliffs, 2nd view
1869 
45. The Gull Cliffs, 3rd view
1869 
46. The Gull Cliffs, 4th view
1869 
47. The Gull Cliffs, 5th view
1869 
48. Upernavik
1869 
49. Graves, Upernavik
1869 
50. Dr. Rudolf, Governor of Upernavik
1869 
51. Native's House
1869 
52. Native's House, 2nd view
1869 
53. Summer Hut
1869 
54. Hut and Kyack
1869 
55. Esquimauk Family at Disco
1869 
56. Hans, Dr. Hayes old guide, and Family
1869 
57. An Aboriginee
1869 
58. Jensen's House at Tessinsak
1869 

No European lives north of this, view taken at midnight.

59. Jensen and Family
1869 
60. Jensen with dog sledge
1869 
61. View from Disco, Seawards
1869 
62. The Shore after a Storm
1869 
63. Sunlight and Shadow, Drift Ice
1869 
64. Sanderson's Hope
1869 
65. Bears retreating over Floe Ice
1869 
66. Trophies of the Chase
1869 
67. Trophies, 2nd view
1869 
68. Trophies, 3rd view
1869 
69. Icebergs
1869 
70. The Sun, Midnight
August 11-12, 1869 
71. "An Old Stager"
1869 
72. "Braking Up"
1869 
73. "A Natural Arch"
1869 
74. "Wave Lines"
1869 
75. "Hard Aground"
1869 
76. Wave Lines, again
1869 
77. Pack Ice
1869 
78. The Ice about the Devil's Thumb
1869 
79. The Devil's Thumb
1869 
80. The Devil'd Thumb, 2nd view
1869 
81. A lead in the Pack
1869 
82. In the Pack Ice
1869 
83. Near View of a Burg
1869 
84. In Melville Bay
1869 
85. In Melville Bay, 2nd view
1869 
86. In Melville Bay, 3rd view
1869 
87. In Melville Bay, 4th view
1869 
88. In Melville Bay, 5th view
1869 
89. In Melville Bay, 6th view
1869 
90. In Melville Bay, 7th view
1869 
91. In Melville Bay, 8th view
1869 
92. Weather and Water Worn
1869