Jorgen Holmboe Papers

Finding aid prepared by Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Copyright 2013

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

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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





Box 1, Folder 1-2

1929 - 1935. Includes congratulatory telegrams on Holmboe's marriage

Box 1, Folder 3

1936-1937, 1940, 1946, 1949

Box 1, Folder 4

1967 - 1968


Family letters

Box 1, Folder 5

1933 - 1934

Box 1, Folder 6

1941, 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 7

1965 - 1973



Box 1, Folder 8

Holmboe, Anna 1955, 1962-1968, 1972


Holmboe, Jorgen to Kirsten Holmboe

Box 1, Folder 9

ca. 1932 - 1934

Box 1, Folder 10-15

1937 - 1938. Numbered letters

Box 2, Folder 1

1937 - 1938

Box 2, Folder 2

1942-1945, 1948

Box 2, Folder 3


Box 2, Folder 4

1962, 1965-1966


Holmboe, Kirsten to Jorgen Holmboe

Box 2, Folder 5

1933 - 1934

Box 2, Folder 6-7

1937 - 1938. Numbered letters

Box 2, Folder 8


Box 2, Folder 9

Holth, Baard 1934

Box 2, Folder 10

Spiess, Fred Noel 1935 - 1936



Box 2, Folder 11

Biographical materials 1918 - 1980

Box 2, Folder 12

Certificates, memberships & honors 1941 - 1969

Box 2, Folder 13

Holmboe, Kirsten Bendixen - Biographical materials 1924 - 1965

Box 2, Folder 14

Lincoln Ellsworth Expedition 1929 - 1935

Box 2, Folder 15

Meteorological papers & correspondence, re. Southern hemisphere 1933 - 1938

Box 2, Folder 16

Loyalty oath controversy, UCLA 1949

Box 2, Folder 17

The Bergen School of Polar Front Meteorology - Typescript undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Jacob Bjerknes obituary - Drafts 1975

Box 2, Folder 19

Bergeron, Tor. Draft of a Commentary on the Copenhagen (1929) Codes for Weather Messages. Translated from the German original ca. 1935