Scope and Content
Title: Jorgen Holmboe Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS-S 101
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives
Language of Material:
0.8 Linear feet
(2 archives boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1934-1972
Date (inclusive): 1918 - 1980
The papers of meteorologist Jorgen Holmboe contain mainly personal and professional correspondence, but also document his
participation on the Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition of 1934-1936. The collection also documents the Holmboe family
in Norway and the United States. The bulk of this material is in Norwegian with some material in English and German.
Holmboe, Jorgen, 1902 - 1979
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Jorgen Holmboe Papers, MSS-S 101. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Scope and Content
The papers of meteorologist Jorgen Holmboe document his work as assistant to Vilhelm Bjerknes and his participation on the
Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition of 1934-1936. The collection also documents the Holmboe family in Norway and the United
States. The papers are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series makes up the bulk of the collection, containing personal and professional letters primarily in Norwegian.
The series and is arranged in two subseries: A) Chronological and B) Alphabetical.
The first subseries contains letters arranged by date. These letters are mainly professional in nature. A group of letters
to and from the Holmboe family, including Jorgen Holmboe's mother & father, are found here as well. These letters are filed
under "Family Letters" and sorted by date.
The second subseries is arranged by correspondent. The bulk of these are letters between Jorgen and Kirsten Holmboe, with
most letters written in Norwegian. Several of these letters appear to have been numbered by Holmboe and are kept in their
numerical order. Also included are letters from Anna Holmboe, Baard Holth and Fred Spiess.
SERIES 2: PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS
The PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL PAPERS series contains materials related to Holmobe's life, family, travels and work. Of particular
interest are papers related to the Lincoln Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition, including invoices, travel documents, meteorological
information and correspondence. The bulk of this material is in Norwegian.
Jorgen Holmboe was born on November 8, 1902, near Hammerfest, Norway. In 1922, he entered the University of Oslo, initially
studying mathematics. He became research assistant to meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes, founder of the Bergen Geophysical Institute
and leader of the Bergen School of Meteorology, in 1925. After graduating in 1930, Holmboe worked as a meteorologist for the
Norwegian weather service, first in Tromso, then in Bergen. From 1933 to 1935, he served as meteorologist for the Lincoln
Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition. Upon his return, Holmboe married Kirsten Bendixen; they had one daughter, Anna, born in 1941.
Holmboe was appointed assistant professor at MIT in 1936, and then was invited by Bjerknes to join him in establishing a meteorology
program at UCLA. Initially part of the physics program, the meteorology department was established as a separate department
at UCLA in 1946. Holmboe served as the first chair of the Meteorology Department in 1946, and again from 1949-1958. His research
principally concerned wave motion in the atmosphere, the formation of cyclones, and air flow over the Sierra Nevada.
Holmboe was appointed professor emeritus at UCLA, and retired in 1970. He died on October 29, 1970.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Bergeron, Tor Harold Percival, 1891 - 1977
Ellsworth, Lincoln, 1880 - 1951
Hesselberg, H. Theodor
Holmboe, Kirsten Bendixen
Kidson, Edward, 1882 - 1939
Petterssen, Sverre, 1898 - 1974
Wilkins, George Hubert, Sir, 1888 - 1958
Polar Regions--Discovery and Exploration