Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Matthew Alexander Henson (08/08/1866-03/09/1955)
MSA SC 3520-12524
Co-discoverer of the North Pole


Archival sources -

1955 Laws of Maryland, Joint Resolution No. 23

1959 Laws of Maryland, Joint Resolution No. 32

Program from unveiling of Matthew A. Henson plaque at Maryland State House, November 18, 1961

1961 brochure about the Matthew A. Henson plaque at Maryland State House

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS (General File) Matthew Henson Commemorative Projects, MdHR 40,338-6 [MSA S42-351, 1/9/4/89]

GOVERNOR (General File) Invitations, H, MdHR 16,890-38 [MSA S1041-1473, 2/38/2/39]

GOVERNOR (General File) Matthew A. Henson, MdHR 17,196-29-1 [MSA S1041-1551, 2/38/5/9]

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Topical Files Collection) Matthew Henson [MSA SC 1456-1268, 0/10/7/30]

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Topical Files Collection) Peary's Polar Mystery [MSA SC 1456-1833, 0/70/9/26]

Newspaper articles -

Frisby, Herbert M. "Matt Henson Helped Discover North Pole." Afro-American, 15 April 1952.

"Matthew Henson Dies At 88; Found North Pole With Peary." The Sun, 10 March 1955.

"Md. to Honor Matt Henson." Afro-American, 11 November 1961.

"Spotlight: A Long Dream Comes True." The News-Post, 16 November 1961.

"Matt Henson - Trek to the Pole." Afro-American, 18 November 1961.

Evening Capital, 18 November 1961.

"Negro Explorer Honored at Annapolis." Baltimore American, 19 November 1961.

"Tawes, 1,500 Pay Honor to Negro." The Sun, 19 November 1961.

Evening Capital, 20 November 1961.

"Henson honored as co-discoverer of North Pole with Robert Peary." Afro-American, 21 November 1961.

"Recognition of Henson Comes After 15 Years Work By Frisby." The Evening Sun, 6 December 1961.

Cover. The Negro History Bulletin, May 1962.

"U.S. Senate could approve Henson's burial in Arlington." Afro-American, 9 June 1962.

"Beall asks Congress to grant dying wish of a Negro explorer." The Evening Sun, 20 December 1971.

"Arlington burial sought for explorer." The Sun, 14 July 1973.

"On Top of the World." The Washington Post, 9 April 1976.

"Kin of North Pole Discoverers Arrive for Visit." The Washington Post, 31 May 1987.

"Explorers' Arctic Offspring Descend on D.C." The Washington Post, 4 June 1987.

"Explorer's grandson discovers his roots." The Evening Sun, 5 June 1987.

"Anaukaq Henson, Eskimo son of black explorer." The Sun, 13 July 1987.

"Anaukaq Henson." The Evening Sun, 13 July 1987.

"Peary's Polar Mystery." The Washington Post, 9 June 1991.

"Explorer's grandnephew teaches kids some history." The Sun, 3 June 1992.

"The Arctic Explorer Rediscovered." The Washington Post, 29 November 2000.

Books -

Henson, Matthew A. A Black Explorer at the North Pole. New York: Walker and Company, 1969.

Molett, William E. Robert Peary and Matthew Henson at the North Pole. Frankfort, Ky.: Elkhorn Press, 1996.

Robinson, Bradley. Dark Companion. New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1947.

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