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Frederick Albert Cook

Frederick Albert Cook (June 10, 1865 – August 5, 1940) was an American explorer, physician, and ethnographer who claimed to have reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. This was nearly a year before Robert Peary, who reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909. Both men's accounts were disputed for several years. His expedition discovered Meighen Island, the only discovery of an island in the North American Arctic by an expedition with a United States national on board.

In December 1909, after reviewing Cook's limited records, a commission of the University of Copenhagen ruled his claim unproven. In 1911, Cook published a memoir of his expedition, continuing his claim. His account of reaching the summit of Denali has also been discredited.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1865 (Hortonville), Died 1940 (New Rochelle)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, author


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-8271 12-in. 10/2/1909 How I reached the Pole Frederick Albert Cook Monologue speaker, author  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cook, Frederick Albert," accessed August 5, 2021,

Cook, Frederick Albert. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from

"Cook, Frederick Albert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

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