Guide to the Elisha Kent Kane Papers M0061

Processed by Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by C. Del Anderson
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1998 ; revised 2022
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Elisha Kent Kane Papers
Creator: Kane, Elisha Kent, 1820-1857
Identifier/Call Number: M0061
Identifier/Call Number: 271
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1825-1859

Scope and Contents

Journal, annotated sketch, photograph, silhouette, biography from book, and juvenalia. The journal is one kept by Kane during the Second Grinnell Expedition, the purpose of which was to search for Sir John Franklin. The handwritten journal dates from June 4, 1854 to May 15, 1855 and is in two sections.

Biographical / Historical

Arctic explorer, surgeon, naval officer, and author. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; educated at the Universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania. He received his doctor of medicine in 1843. Kane travelled abroad extensively, explored the Arctic, and was a member of the Second Grinnell Expedition to the Arctic, 1854-1855. He died in Havana 16 Feburary 1857.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Elisha Kent Kane Papers , M0061, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 1934.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Related Materials

The American Philosophical Society Library holds the Elisha Kent Kane Papers

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arctic regions

box 1, folder 1

Private Journal, June 4, 1854 - April 9th, 1855


Scope and Contents

Bound volume with handwritten entries and later pencil revisions. Original accessioned as "M397."

Existence and Location of Copies

As of 2022, crowdsourced transcripts for this diary are available at the From the Page website.
box 1, folder 2

Private Journal continued, from April 11th to May 15, 1855


Scope and Contents

Two bound signatures in plain paper wrapper.

Existence and Location of Copies

As of 2022, crowdsourced transcripts for this diary are available at the From the Page website.
box 1, folder 3

Clipping from North American and United States Gazette March 18, 1854

box 1, folder 3

Biography and engraved portrait from "The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased" 1859

box 1, folder 4

Sketch of Arctic scene by Kane

box 1, folder 5

Silhouette of Kane as child May 12, 1827

box 1, folder 5

"Grateful Tributes" - first book owned by Kane 1825

box 1, folder 6

Photograph of Kane in embossed leather case circa 1857

Scope and Contents

Imprint on reverse of case reads "Root Gallery, Cook Artist ... Philadelphia," however photograph is by Matthew Brady circa 1852 and this was probably produced as memorial after Kane's death in 1857. Original accession number M401.