Collage of photographs of icebergs and polar explorers.

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program (BPCRCAP) is a collaborative effort of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and The Ohio State University Libraries. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents concerned with polar regions. The goal of the BPCRCAP is to make rare or unique historical material about polar exploration and scientific investigation available for use in the context 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. If you have any questions regarding our collection development policy, please contact the polar curator.

New at the Polar Archives

  • The BPCRCAP will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a gallery exhibit opening October 5, 2015
  • WOSU TV Documentary to be screened in 165 Thompson Library, Tuesday November 17, 6 pm
  • Watch a trailer for the recently digitized Byrd 1933 Discovery film. This film will be screened at the Wexner Center on October 20, 2015.
  • Learn about the history of polar exploration and the Byrd Center