Washburn, Bradford, 1910-2007

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Explorer, scientist, and mountaineer Bradford Washburn pioneered the West Buttress route to the summit of Mount McKinley. He is the definitive cartographer of Mount McKinley and Mount Everest.

From the description of Bradford and Barbara Washburn papers, 1920- (University of Alaska, Fairbanks). WorldCat record id: 154128965

Bradford Washburn is an explorer, geographer, and former director of the Museum of Science in Boston.

From the description of Letter, 1995. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008891

Born June 7th, 1910 in Boston, Massachusetts to Edith and Henry Washburn. Bradford was soon to complete his first literary work by the age of nine entitled "Fishing, What a Boy Thinks," for The Churchman in 1919. This was only the beginning of an outstanding career which continues into the year 2000. Not only has he proved himself an accomplished writer, he has also spent more than sixty years piloting, climbing, mapping, and exploring the highest mountains in North America, the Alps, and Mount Everest. Along with Barbara, his wife, they have mapped Mt. McKinley, the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest.

Washburn earned his pilot's license in 1934. He was also fascinated with radio and became an expert in aeronautical radio navigation. In 1937 he spent a weekend with Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam. Because he was well known to Putnam, skilled as a pilot, a radio operator and had lots of experience in the Lockheed Electra, Washburn was considered for Earhart's round the world flight. However, he backed out because of safety considerations.

He has served as the Director of Boston's Museum of Science from 1939 until his retirement in 1980. He currently serves as their Honorary Director.

From the guide to the Bradford Washburn Collection, 1971-1981., (Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Karstens, Henry P., 1880-. Papers, 1901-1953. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Bradford Washburn Collection, 1971-1981. Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department.
creatorOf Washburn, Bradford, 1910-2007. Bradford and Barbara Washburn papers, 1920- University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
referencedIn Papers, 1827-1979 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Washburn, Bradford, 1910- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Correspondence and compositions, 1870-1963. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Visual Collections - Locations File, Chronological, ca.1650- (inclusive), 1752- (bulk). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Washburn, Bradford, 1910-2007. Letter, 1995. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1939-1984 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf WASHBURN, BRADFORD. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Washburn, Bradford, 1910-2007. Photographs of Mount Crillon and Mount La Perouse in the Fairweather Range, Alaska, c. 1933. Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Dooley, William Germain, 1904-1975. William Germain Dooley papers, 1925-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Vetter, Helen Cook. The Frederick A. Cook Society collection, 1891-1996. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Frederick A. Cook Society Collection, 1891-1996 The Ohio State University. Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program.
referencedIn Colgate, Mabel Hall, 1895-1985. Papers 1827-1979 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Colgate, Mabel Hall, 1895-1985. person
associatedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Dooley, William Germain, 1904-1975. person
associatedWith Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937. person
associatedWith Frederick A. Cook Society corporateBody
associatedWith Karstens, Henry P., 1880- person
correspondedWith Pease, Arthur Stanley, 1881- person
associatedWith Washburn, Barbara, 1914- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mount La Perouse
Fairweather Range
Mount Crillon
McKinley, Mount (Alaska)
Mountain mapping


Birth 1910-06-07

Death 2007-01-10




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