The papers, letters and documents of Frederick Albert Cook, the first American to explore both the North and South Polar regions, will get a new home at the Archives of the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University.

The governing board of the Dr. Frederick A. Cook Society, an organization dedicated to maintaining the memory and accomplishments of Cook, approved the transfer of this collection at its last meeting.

Cook is best known for his claim that he reached the North Pole before another American explorer, Robert Peary, claimed to have done so. In 1907, he left for the North Pole and returned in 1909, announcing that he had reached the Pole on April 21, 1908, a year before Peary.

Warren Cook, Sr. of Ridgewood, N.Y. a grandnephew of the explorer and president of the Cook Society, said that the Byrd Center "represents the finest possible place to catalogue, index, and make available the work of Dr. Cook in his 20 years of explorations."

The collection of some 24,000 items occupy 40- to 45-linear feet and "represents 30 years of his involvement and communication with some of the leading figures of modern exploration and discovery during the first half of this century," Cook said.

Contact: Raimund Goerler, university archivist, (614) 292-2409 Goerler.1@osu.eduKen Jezek, (614) 292-6531; Jezek@iceberg.mps.Ohio-state.eduWritten by Earle Holland, (614) 292-8384;

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