Antarctica Meteorite Expedition Exhibit Materials, 1984-1985

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Compiled by: Mark Peterson, April 2013


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Antarctica Meteorite Expedition Exhibit Materials, 1984-1985

Collection No.: SC 5050

Creator:  Catherine King-Frazier

Extent: .1 linear feet

Language:  English

Abstract: Five pages of journal entries from the expedition used as a public exhibit, along with two pictures.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: TThe copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation:   [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Antarctica Meteorite Expedition Exhibit Materials, 1984-1985, SC 5050, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: These items had been kept by a staff member of Media Resources, Patti Sandlin Williams, in her office until they were transferred to Special Collections in 2012.

Provenance: Materials came from an exhibit that was set up in Special Collections in Carrier Library c. 1990.

Processing Information: Originally these items had been produced on photographic paper and mounted on foam-core boards, so it was necessary to make photocopies of the journal entries for preservation. The picture of Catherine King-Frazier with a JMU flag next to a tent is available in the JMU Historic Photographs Collection as fac101.

Bio/Historical Note:  Catherine King-Frazier worked at the NASA curatorial lab before becoming a lab technician in the department of geology and geography at JMU in 1980. In 1984, she joined the expedition searching for meteorites in the Allan Hills in Antarctica, led by Dr. William Cassidy of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1990, she died of cancer, and the Catherine King-Frazier Memorial Geology Scholarship was set up with the JMU Foundation. The fund still provides scholarships for the most promising freshman geology major.

Scope and Content:  This collection contains two pictures from the expedition and a small selection of the researcher's journal that she kept while in Antarctica. These items were mounted for display in an exhibit. It was not possible to separate the transcriptions of the journal from the reproductions, so for the most part, only the transcription is visible.

Arrangement: All of the materials are contained in one folder.



              Journal entries from 1984 November 25 to 1985 January 8.

              Picture of King-Frazier with JMU flag next to tent.

              Label from the back of picture of King-Frazier with JMU flag.

              Picture of King-Frazier with ice axe.