Photographic Archives

The Arctic Institute’s photographic collection consists of over 4000 photographs dating from the late 1800s through the 1900s. Consisting mostly of black and white prints, but also some negatives and slides, the bulk of the collection dates to the first half of the 20th century. The photos were taken on a variety of expeditions and patrols by scientists, mountaineers, police and military patrols, and other Arctic explorers.

The collection is particularly valued for its insights into history, culture, and science. Much of the content includes an emphasis on Inuit cultural life and various scientific themes such as geology, glaciology, archaeology, and oil and gas exploration. Some of AINA’s larger collections include those from D.A. Nichols, Patrick D. Baird, M.H.W. Ritchie, Colonel Walter A. Wood, Henry Larsen, and Margaret Oldenburg. The collection has been professionally archived and is now available online.

Copyright Information

The source materials digitized for this collection are drawn from the Arctic Institute of North America collection and are mounted with permission of known rights holders. The information available on this Site is provided for the sole purposes of viewing, downloading, and printing and is for personal information purposes only. Users cannot modify or alter the information in any way and cannot sell, rent or otherwise distribute the information to others. The user must assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. If you have any further information regarding copyright for any images in this collection, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact the Arctic Institute of North America.

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