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Catalog Number 1983-011-
Object Name 8.5 Logbooks
Accession number 1983-011
Source Heyerdahl, Thor
Collection KTM Thor Heyerdahl Document Collection
Title The Kon-Tiki Expedition Documents Collection
Creator Heyerdahl, Thor
Dates of Creation July 1946 to December 1947
Dates of Accumulation 1946 - 2006
Admin/Biographical History In 1946 Thor Heyerdahl initiated the Kon-Tiki expedition when in New York. He was soon assisted by Herman Watzinger and Bjørn Rørholt. The latter had a temporary position at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, and most of the expedition preparation were organized from there.
At the end of 1946/beginning of 1947 Knut Magne Haugland, Torstein Raaby and Erik Hesselberg joined the expedition. In the spring of 1947 Gerd Vold Hurum replaced Bjørn Rørholt as the expedition secretary.
Bengt Danielsson joined the expedition in Peru in March/April of 1947.
The expedition undertook a raft voyage from the 28th of April to 7th of August 1947. The raft, equipment, men and documents were transported from Raroia, in the Tuamotus, by way of Tahiti and America to Norway in late 1947.
Access Conditions No conditions governs access to material under the accession number KTM 1983-011 and 2006-003.
Finding Aids Manual. Collections, archives, library. Thor Heyerdahl Research Foundation, The Kon-Tiki Museum 2012, by Reidar Solsvik.

The Thor Heyerdahl UNESCO Memory of the World Archive. Detailed ICA description. Thor Heyerdahl Research Foundation, The Kon-Tiki Museum 2014, by Reidar Solsvik.
Language of Material English, Norwegian, Spanish, French