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Ohio State University
Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program. Collection Management and Development Policy
Byrd Polar Research Center
Archival Program
Collection Management and Development Policy
Revised December 2009
A. Statement of Purpose
The Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program (BPRCAP) is a collaborative effort of
the Byrd Polar Research Center and The Ohio State University Libraries/Archives. Its
mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents concerned with
exploration and scientific investigation of the Polar Regions. The goal of the BPRCAP is
to make rare or unique historical material about polar exploration and scientific
investigation available for research and educational use in the context of an active polar
research environment. Historical collections contain papers, records, photographs and
other forms of documentation concerning explorers, scientists and other figures and
organizations prominent in the advancement of knowledge about polar environments.
The purpose of the Collection Management and Development Policy is to identify areas
of collection and to manage resources by establishing priorities. Gifts that require
extraordinary costs for preservation, storage, processing and cataloging are reviewed in
accordance with the OSU Libraries’ Gifts in Kind Review Policy for Special Collections.
B. Nature of the Collection
The BPRCAP collects the papers (letters, diaries, photographs, reports, expeditionary
records) and artifacts (medals, furs, etc.) of explorers and scientists who have contributed
to knowledge of Polar Regions. The core of the collection includes: Papers of Admiral
Richard E. Byrd, the Papers of Sir George Hubert Wilkins, the Frederick A. Cook Society
Records, and the American Polar Society Records (APS).
More details about the collection are available at:
C. Collecting Activities
Documentation of Byrd, Wilkins, Cook or the APS.
Documentation and/or artifacts that complement existing collections, i.e.,
papers of expedition members who accompanied Byrd, Cook or Wilkins.
Oral histories of polar explorers or scientists produced by the BPRCAP
Oral History Project or other programs.
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