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 Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents concerned with polar regions.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

  • We've partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota to make some of our maps available to the public.
  • Learn more about our events and how you can interact with us!
  • Join us as we take an A-Z journey of the Polar Archives
  • Learn about the board game that entertained thousands.
  • Learn about the history of polar exploration and the Byrd Center