March 28, 2017

Today in History: Gilbert Grosvenor & National Geographic

Our restless earth
Today in History–October 28–the Library of Congress features editor and president of the National Geographic Society, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, born on this date in 1875. Just 9 years after immigrating from Turkey to the United States, Grosvenor began working as an assistant editor at National Geographic upon the recommendation of family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Just four years later he became the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Grosvenor developed the photographic and cartographic departments, which boosted circulation and enabled the Society to sponsor expeditions and research projects including Admiral Robert Peary‘s 1909 expedition to the North Pole, Hiram Bingham’s 1911 discovery of Machu Picchu, and William Beebe’s 1934 record-setting undersea descent. Learn more about Grosvenor and the fabulous National Geographic Society by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below to access primary sources from the Library of Congress.

Gilbert Grosvenor image set

Gilbert Grosvenor correspondence

Gilbert Grosvenor historic newspaper coverage

National Geographic image set

National Geographic maps

National Geographic documents

National Geographic Society historic newspaper coverage

Two Expeditions to Mount St. Elias: The Expedition of the National Geographic Society and the United States Geological Survey The Century Volume 41, Issue 6, Apr 1891

National Geographic Society website

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