Polar Oral History Program

This program was administered by The American Polar Society and The Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program and funded by the National Science Foundation.   The purpose was to document the early years of American polar exploration by interviewing those who were in the polar regions since the 1930's.  Ultimately, the goal was to preserve the heritage of American polar exploration for future generations of researchers and scientists.  

The products of the interviews -- tapes, abstracts, bibliographies records, etc. -- are the property of The Ohio State University and its Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program.  Individual tapes and transcripts are available to researchers. Click here for a list of completed interviews.  

In addition, interviews conducted by Dian Belanger as part of the Antarctic Deep Freeze Oral History Project have been donated to the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program and are being made available on this website.

For more information, please contact the polar curator.