Explorers and expedition leaders such as Donald B. MacMillan and Robert A. Bartlett began using motion picture film early in the twentieth century. By the 1920s film footage from the North was common and very popular in newsreels and in public lectures given across the country. Such films gave American audiences their first good look at life in the Arctic.
This exhibit is supported by the Friends of Bowdoin College.
Pictured above: Donald B. MacMillan, MacMillan party in camp on ice, Bay Fiord, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, May, 1924. Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan.