Heyerdahl, Thor, 1914-2002

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Thor Heyerdahl (6 October 1914 – 18 April 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany and geography. Heyerdahl is notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between societies.
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creatorOf Cushing, George William, 1888-1968. George Cushing sound recordings, 1942-1955. Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn George G. Heye autograph collection, 1886-1928 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Heyerdahl, Thor. A forest rich in species formerly covered Easter Island : unpublished mss. / Thor Heyerdahl. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS AND PAPERS.Paper and vellum; ff. 166. British Library arrangement.A. Letter of George Eliot to Frederick Lehmann; 19 April [1866]. Extracts from this letter are printed in G. S. Haight, The George Eliot Letters (1954-1955), iv, ..., 1353-1999 British Library
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller Papers Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Felix Guggenheim papers, 1941-1976 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Rachel Carson papers, 1921-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn George William Cushing papers and sound recordings, 1942-1955 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Daily Appointment Sheet for President Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Library
contributorOf Artifacts Relating to the Truman Family, 1957 - 2008 Harry S. Truman Library
referencedIn Guggenheim, Felix. Felix Guggenheim papers, 1941-1976. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Jones, Mary Alice, 1898-. Harvey family papers, 1800-2007, bulk 1851-1984. Newberry Library
referencedIn George G. Heye autograph collection, 1886-1928 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Heyerdahl, Thor, PPF 5726 Harry S. Truman Library
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS (MAY 14) National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
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associatedWith Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964 person
associatedWith Cushing, George William, 1888-1968 person
associatedWith Explorers Club corporateBody
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 person
associatedWith George G.(George Gustav), Heye 1874-1957. person
correspondedWith Guggenheim, Felix person
correspondedWith Guggenheim, Felix. person
associatedWith Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957. person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Oslo corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Larvik 20 NO
Easter Island 01 CL
South Africa, Africa
Waterloo, Belgium
Polynésie Française 00 PF


Birth 1914-10-06

Death 2002-04-18

Active 1942

Active 1955



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