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The Arctic Resources

The Maine Women Writers Collection holds significant collections of manuscript material and printed books that explore the world’s Arctic regions, with the most significant holdings being on Greenland and Alaska.

Archival Material

Marie Ahnighito Peary papers, 1862-1995

Some of the collection’s highlights are the personal scrapbooks, journals, and diaries from Peary Stafford’s childhood through adulthood, which document her life as the daughter of a famous explorer and her own fame as a child born in the Arctic during the late 19th century. There is extensive correspondence among her papers, including with Josephine Diebitsch Peary. There are letters relating to Admiral Peary’s era and his accomplishments, as well as letters from George Borup, Viljhalmur Stefansson, and William Herbert Hobbs.

Josephine Diebitsch Peary papers, 1861-2003

The collection consists of a large variety of historic items including four important scrapbooks compiled by Rear Admiral and Mrs. Peary’s daughter, Marie Peary Stafford, which place in chronological order, papers and photographs telling the story of their lives, the majority of the contents focusing on Josephine Peary. As in the scrapbooks, the collection contains letters of correspondence between Josephine and Robert as early as 1884 through 1910, publication and speech manuscripts, early personal and historic photographs of all family members, travel diaries, newspaper and magazine articles, ephemera, and much biographical information.

Lael Morgan papers, 1936-2017

Morgan worked as a photojournalist at the Juneau Alaska Empire in Alaska’s capitol city, and then covered crime and politics for the Fairbanks News Miner. From 1974 to 1987, she served as roving reporter and photographer for Alaska Northwest Publishing and was assigned to visit every Alaska village named in the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement. Of the 220 that qualified, she visited all but 13. With business partner Kent Sturgis, she established Epicenter Press in 1988, a regional house that was to become the major publisher of Alaska titles.

Books & Videos


Josephine Diebitsch Peary imagesScanned photographs from the Josephine Diebitsch Peary collection.

Marie Ahnighito Peary papersA 1932 scrapbook, newspaper clipping regarding Peary, and a note book of correspondence.