Another update on our awesome student interns!
It’s been a busy week for Alex and Meg. After photographing each page of Ekblaw’s journals, they have now been assigned the task of reading each book (as well as Ekblaw’s extensive correspondence from the collection) and taking notes on the content and anything out of the ordinary. Ekblaw kept a lot of notes, from scientific observations to Inuktitut glossaries to his personal daily diary. With over 30 100-year-old journals to read through and hundreds of letters, this is a lot of interesting archival work for their summer!
W. Elmer Ekblaw, a University of Illinois grad, was the botanist and geologist of the Crocker Land expedition. We’ve got a large collection of Crocker Land objects, notes, and photos of his, and one of my favorite things has to be his journal!
Ever the scientist, Ekblaw made a lot of notes and drawings on his Arctic observations in his personal journal. Here, you can see the drawing he made of polar bear tracks - “9 in to 12 in” wide, with a “2 ft” separation. These are “tracks when bear is not alarmed, and ambling along at a slow gait.”