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Jorgen Holmboe Papers
MSS-S 101  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Publication Rights
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jorgen Holmboe Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS-S 101
    Contributing Institution: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives
    Language of Material: Norwegian
    Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet (2 archives boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1934-1972
    Date (inclusive): 1918 - 1980
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: Holmboe, Jorgen, 1902 - 1979

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Jorgen Holmboe Papers, MSS-S 101. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    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.
    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.
    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

    Barnett, M.A.F.
    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
    Meteorologists--United States--Correspondence
    Polar Regions--Discovery and Exploration