Scope and Content
Title: Shreck (Lura B.) Collection of George Hubert Wilkins Papers ,
Date (inclusive): 1928-1937
Collection number: Mss230
Extent: 1.25 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
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Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Shreck (Lura B.) Collection of George Hubert Wilkins Papers ,
Mss230, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific
Wilkines, Sir George Hubert (1888-1958)
Polar regions -Aerial exploration
Polar regions -Discovery and exploration
Antarctica -Discovery and exploration
Explorer/geographer George Hubert Wilkins (1894-1958) was a pioneer in polar exploration,
making ten trips to Arctic and Antarctic regions by submarine and by airplane. His career
as a polar explorer began in 1913 when he joined the Canadian government's Stefansson
Arctic expedition. He is perhaps best-known for his 2100 mile, 21 hour flight with Lt.
Ben Eilson from Point Barrow to Spitsbergen (1928), for which accomplishment he was
knighted by King George V. Wilkins also led the Wilkins-Hearst Expedition to the
Antarctic, in the course of which he discovered many details of Antarctic geography.
Following his career as a polar explorer, Sir Hubert Wilkins became a civilian consultant
to the U.S. Army in matters relating to polar and desert regions. This collection was
apparently compiled by a Mrs. Lura B. Shreck, who may have been a secretary to Wilkins.
Scope and Content
The bulk of the Shreck-Wilkins Papers consists of clippings, correspondence and a Wilkins
manuscript pertaining to his explorations (1928-1937).