Roald Amundsen left traces behind in many parts of the world. Some things were left by Amundsen himself, others belonged to people who were close to him. Each collection tells its own story individually, but together they allow a more comprehensive study and understanding of Amundsen’s life. Follo museum, MiA collaborates with several institutions whose collections relate to Roald Amundsen. Below you will find an alphabetical summary.
Alaska’s Digital Archives
Presents a wealth of photographs, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout Alaska. Many of these relate to Amundsen’s expeditions and time in Alaska.
A division of the National Library of New Zealand. Holds photographs, books, archives and other material related to the exploration of Antarctica in its collection, including photos of Amundsen, Fram and Framheim.
The museum holds a great deal of material related to polar exploration, including a permanent exhibition dedicated to the expeditions of Lincoln Ellsworth that features objects, photographs and documents from his exploits with Amundsen.
Objects related to Amundsen include navigation lights from Gjøa, portraits of Amundsen and Gjøa, Odd Dahl’s and Martin Ronne’s models of Maud and Fram, and Amundsen’s depot map from the South Pole journey.
Archives and collections of photography, art and ethnographic objects, maps and audio, related primarily to Greenland. Includes Godfred Hansen’s photographs from the Gjøa expedition, and photographs of or related to Amundsen.
The library holds photographic collections featuring Roald Amundsen, Godfred Hansen and the Gjøa expedition. It also has a large collection of historical maps of the polar regions. Much of this material is available online.
A rich collection related to Claude Dornier and his aircraft production. The large amount of material related to Roald Amundsen’s 1925 expedition with the Dornier Wal flying boats includes a full-scale reconstruction of the N 25.
A platform that provides a single point of online access to materials from more 200 different organizations all around Aotearoa/New Zealand. These include newspapers, photographs and objects related to Roald Amundsen.
This free, national digital library provides a single point of access to cultural heritage materials from more than 4,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Included are photographs, newspapers, objects and archival material related to Roald Amundsen.
Roald Amundsen’s home and all objects from his estate are managed by Follo museum – Museums in Akershus, MiA. The collection includes the buildings themselves, their fixtures and contents, Amundsen’s personal belongings, expedition equipment, letters, archives and photographs. Amundsen-related objects held elsewhere in Akershus by MiA can be seen on the Akershusbasen page of DigitaltMuseum.no
The Gjoa Haven collection includes some 700 objects of Netsilik Inuit origin that Amundsen brought home from the Gjøa expedition in 1906. The museum’s wider collection includes photographs and Amundsen’s medals and honours.
Collection of artefacts, images, archival materials and oral histories related to the Puget Sound / Seattle area that includes millions of items. Of particular interest in the photograph collection are those of Amundsen in Seattle with Nita and Camilla Carpendale in 1921, of the Maud, and of the crew of the Norge in 1926.
The services comprise the National Archives, eight regional state archives (statsarkivene), the Sámi Archives and the Norwegian Health Archives. Their collections include documents related to Amundsen’s expeditions, his private life and the establishment of Amundsen’s home as a museum.
Norway’s National Library collection contains thousands of images, letters, documents, diaries, films, books and newspapers related to Amundsen. A great part of the collection is accessible online. Most of the archive from Amundsen’s house as Svartskog is part of this collection.
The collection contains several photographs of Amundsen, including the only known original print of Olav Bjaaland’s 1911 photo of the polar party in front of the tent at the South Pole (the negatives are believed to no longer exist).
The museum’s collection spans the entire period of aviation in Norway, from the first flights at the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Amundsen features in the “Pioneer era” exhibition, and a large collection of pictures from his life in the air are accessible via the DigitaltMuseum.
These varied collections related to Norwegians abroad include a rich archive from Norwegians in Argentina, among them Amundsen’s supporter Don Pedro Christophersen, and other sources related to Amundsen’s international network.
The Ohio State University, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival
Includes archives associated with American polar explorers such as Cook, Byrd and Wilkins. Also here, are a matchbox retrieved from Amundsen’s cairn on Mount Betty, parts of the airship Norge and several photos related to Amundsen.
Polar Museum, The Arctic University Museum of Norway
The story of Roald Amundsen’s last journey has a central place here. The exhibition includes one of the petrol tanks found from Latham 47.02, the plane Amundsen disappeared with in 1928, as well as several objects from Fritz Gottlieb Zapffe and Helmer Hanssen.
The collection at Norway’s museum of photography includes several photographs of Amundsen, including an album from the flying boat expedition to 88 degrees north and another containing photographs from both Amundsen’s stay in Bergen before heading north in Latham 47.02 and the memorial service conducted off Tromsø on the Stella Polaris a year later.
Roald Amundsen’s birthplace “Tomta”. The house contains objects and photographs connected to the Amundsen family, including the ring that the boys’ nanny Betty received from Oslo Byes Vel (Society for the Welfare of Oslo) for “long and faithful service”.
Established in 1920, the institute holds a large collection of books, archives and photographs related to Amundsen’s expeditions, including all that remains of the tent left by Amundsen at the South Pole – the few scraps of silk found in Scott’s tent in 1912.
Objects in the museum’s exhibitions and archives from Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole include skis, clothes, tents, and the stuffed remains of lead sledge dog “Obersten”. Also here are Robert Falcon Scott’s skis, brought to Norway by Trygve Gran.
Trove provides a single point of access to freely available digital content held in the collections of Australian libraries, archives, museums, galleries, universities, etc. This includes a number of newspaper articles, artefacts and photographs related to Amundsen.
The collection includes reviews and archives connected to Amundsen’s activities in Alaska. The archive of Captain Christian Theodore Pedersen is here, along with the pocket watch given to him by Amundsen in 1921.
The MARCUS special collection at the University Library in Bergen contains photographs of Amundsen in Bergen from 1906-28, with emphases on the triumphal return from the Norge expedition in 1926 and the overnight stop with the Latham 47 in 1928.
The museum holds several objects from Maud, removed from the ship after it was stranded in Cambridge Bay, and archival items related to Amundsen. The collection includes technical drawings, a part of the galley deck tile, a brass oil lamp and more.
Varanger Museum consists of three departments located along Varangerfjord, in Vardø, Sør-Varanger and Vadsø. Vadsø Museum – Ruija Kven Museum is responsible for the mooring mast on Vadsøya that was erected for the Norge airship expedition in 1926 and also used by the Italia in 1928. The museum has pictures and some objects from these events.
Of particular interest is the collection purchased by the Whaling Museum’s founder in the 1960s from Helmer Hanssen’s daughter and son-in-law. This mainly comprises objects, photos, prints and archival material related to the Gjøa and Fram expeditions with Amundsen. Much of the general collection also relates to polar exploration through the prism of whaling.
In 2011, a full-scale reconstruction of Amundsen’s winter Antarctic hut Framheim was built at Finse on Hardangervidda. “Framheim at Finse” also offers reconstructed sledging experiences based on Amundsen’s and Scott’s equipment, clothes, skis and food. Open to visitors by appointment, the hut is used for lectures and as a starting point for historical tours.