Jesup North Pacific Expedition

Hand-colored Culture Distribution Map drawn by Franz Boas Hand-colored Culture Distribution Map drawn by Franz Boas. Division of Anthropology, Catalog No: Z/171
The Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902) was sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to investigate the links between the people and the cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America and the Eastern Coast of Siberia.

Ostensibly the goal of the expedition was to prove the Bering Strait Migration theory which postulated that the North American continent was populated by the migration of Asian peoples across the Bering Strait. However, Franz Boas, the leader of the expedition was more concerned with documenting the cultures on both sides of the Northern Pacific that he and many other anthropologists feared were soon to be lost to colonialism and acculturation.

The Jesup Research Guide is comprised of content migrated from a website funded in part by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program. An archived version of the legacy website is available through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.