Let us probe the silent places, let us see what hick betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There's a whisper in the night wind, there's a star agleam to guide us;
For the will is calling, calling,—let us go. . . . .
The Crocker Land Expedition was organized under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, in New York, and the American Geographical Society. Contributors of funds and equipment to the expedition included, Yale, Harvard, Bowdoin, and Illinois universities, and the federal government.
The purpose of the expedition was to solve the last great geographical problem of the north: Is there in the Polar Sea a large body of land still undiscovered?