Explore Arctic Collections from Home
Let’s face it, most of us would prefer to experience the Arctic Museum’s spectacular collections up close and personal. But sometimes, for all sorts of reasons (who’d have thought a global pandemic would be one of them?) that’s just not possible. So, in the meantime, take a look at what we’ve been adding to our online database.
“Like it has for everyone, the Covid-19 pandemic very suddenly shifted the Arctic Museum’s capabilities, priorities, and strategies for the immediate future. One project involves getting as many of our collections online as we can as quickly as we can,” explains the museum’s assistant curator Mike Quigley. “It’s something we’ve been nibbling away at for a long time. Now we’re going full steam ahead.”
Adding object records to the online version of the museum’s database is a labor-intensive project which involves re-sizing and formatting digital images and confirming the accuracy of large quantities of data. But luckily, it is something that museum staff can work on from the safety of home. Over the past month, the museum has added approximately 5,000 records, more than doubling what was previously available online.
Some of the newly accessible collections include nearly 400 of Rutherford Platt’s gorgeous botanical 35mm Kodachrome transparencies from the 1940s and 50s, Harold Grundy’s collection of nearly 200 photographs documenting Thule Air Force Base in northwest Greenland during the height of the Cold War, a photo album comprised of 42 images commemorating the 1934 British Trans Greenland Expedition, some 3,000 images from Donald MacMillan’s core collection of photographic negatives spanning the early-to-mid-twentieth century, and the objects and images used in Arctic Museum exhibitions mounted over the past 20 years.
View these collections and others in pre-sorted categories under the “Browse” tab. Or search all available records in a variety of ways by using the “Search” function. And check back regularly, as we have been adding new material almost every day. Keep an eye out for additional ethnographic items and Inuit art in particular.