Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program

Explore the Collection

Some holdings of the Polar Archives are available digitally. Many more materials from this special collection are accessible for consultation on-site only, in the collection’s designated reference room.


Archival Holdings

Listing of the records, papers, publications, audiovisual materials, and photographic images held by the Polar Archives

Featured Collections


Online Exhibits

Exhibits showcasing highlights of the Polar Archives collection with text and images


Oral Histories

Polar Oral Histories - 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 to document the early years of American polar exploration. 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.

"Deep Freeze" Oral Histories - Dian Belanger, author of Deep Freeze: The United States, the International Geophysical Year, and the Origins of Antarctica’s Age of Sciencedonated her oral history interviews to the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program.


Additional Resources

Polar Timeline - A time of life events and achievements of three major explorers - Byrd, Wilkins and Cook - and achievements of the Byrd Polar Research Center, within the context of other US and World Polar events.