VILHJALMUR STEFANSSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/26/1939 - HFSID 217560
Sale Price $360.00
VIlhjalmur Stefansson gives a suggestion of how to find information.
Typed Letter Signed: "V. Stefansson", 1p, 8½x11. New York, 1939 May 26. On his personal letterhead to Kate S. Heyman. In full: "You have come to the wrong person when you ask advice of me about Yucatan authenticities and about chances of publication in the Soviet Union. The best man I know for the Yucata part of your question is Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, who has written much on Yucatan, although your bibliography has him only as the author of the preface to Mason's book. He is now Curator of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures at the Brooklyn Museum, where you could write him. As likely a person as anyone I know to be a useful adviser on the Soviet part of your question lives right in your building, Miss Margaret Schlauch, professor in the English Department of New York University and an editor of Science and Society. She has worked in the Soviet libraries and has many avenues of familiarity. I am returning your bibliography." Postscript in his own hand: "Your book came after the above was dictated. Best thanks. I shall retaliate with something of mine. S." Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962), the Arctic explorer and scientist who spent a total of ten winters and seven summers exploring Canada's northern regions. Stefansson, referred to as the "Prophet of the North", covered a distance of nearly 20,000 miles in his travels on foot and by dogsled, living among and adopting the clothing and habits of the native Inuit people. Stefansson, who became a lecturer at Dartmouth in the 1930s and 1940s, did much to change the image of the Arctic through his lectures and writings, portraying the region as friendly and hospitable. Folds through "V" of V of signature. Lightly creased. Fine condition.