Polar Oral History Program

The American Polar Society and The Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, conducted a series of oral history interviews.   The purpose of this project 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 and links to these materials are found on our Polar Oral Histories page.

Dian Belanger—author of Deep Freeze: The United States, the International Geophysical Year, and the Origins of Antarctica’s Age of Science—donated her oral history interviews to the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, which can be found on our "Deep Freeze" Oral Histories page.

For more information, please contact the polar curator.