Page 12 Year: 2002
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002
From: David/Patricia Armentrout <>
Subject: Henson website Copyright issues

Hello Mr. Robinson,

We are writing a series of childrens books (Discover the Life of an American Legend) for Rourke Publishing Company. One of our titles will be about Mr. Matthew Henson. We have noted that in several books we have used for research, your name has been credited for images. We have found a number of images from the Library of Congress that depict Mr. Henson, however, we believe many of the images in your collection appear to be of better quality. Is it possible to obtain copies of images in your collection to reproduce in our book? If so, please let us know what your fees are and what we would need to do to begin the process. Also, we would like to use your site as a "website to visit" listed in our book. We like to get permission from site owners prior to printing their web address. Let us know if this will be okay. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
David and Patricia Armentrout
From: Hopkins Zoretta <>
To: "''" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002
re: A Negro Explorer at the North Pole I am very interested in buying this book but I am not fond of buying over the internet just yet. If I send off for it, how soon can I receive it? Making a trip to Alaska is the dream of my life. This will be part of my understanding, though probably different now.
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002
Subject: Copyright Issues on your Website
From: V White <>

I am delighted to learn more about Matthew Henson through your website. You have put an incredible amount of work into it. Thank you!!
The copyright issue you mention regarding the photos in the Bryce/Cooper Square book is intriguing. I am wondering why you have not taken to court the people/publishers you believe have violated copyright laws by using your photos. That seems a simple and ready solution. In fact, asking for our opinions on your website somehow weakens your position. If they have violated copyright law, then it is a legal issue, not one of public opinion.

V. White
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002
Subject: Re: Need photo
From: Chads Dennison<>

We are going to use it for a Pennsylvania Social Studies book for grade 4. How Do I go about getting a high res. Image? I downloaded it off the web page will that work? Let me know if it will work
Thanks, chad

Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2002
Subject: Need photo
From: Chads Dennison <>

Need photo


My name is Chad Dennison. I'm an Art Researcher employed by The Mazer Corporation in Dayton Ohio, 6680 Poe Ave. 45414. Currently I am in charge of researching the state of Pennsylvania and I am in need of a photo of Matthew Henson. I've found a lot of photo elsewhere but really would like to use yours due to composition ect. The one I need is of him sitting on the arm of a chair in a suit with one hand in pocket. I think the copyright belongs to Frederick A. Stokes. It has to be a 300dpi photo
If you could help me out I would appreciate it.
Chad Dennison
1-937-264-2600 ext-239

St. Louis Science Center

Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002

Thank you so much for your arrogant, snotty response, you pretentious ass. In answer to your question, I have already read 12 books on Peary, Henson and Cook, in addition to checking out inumerable websites, and viewing two documentaries on the subject.

Not to mention reading 3 books on physics in order to verify the scientific information included in the script, and having the script proofed by two physics teachers. And by the way, yes, I have been through college. And graduate school. MA from Northwestern. Ever heard of it?

Where, by the way, I learned that it is perfectly acceptable to ask a reasonable question as part of one's research. I also learned to be polite when answering a reasonable question. But I should have known from the style of your website that I was not going to be dealing with a reasonable, rational, intelligent adult. If you had read my message carefully, you conceited blowhard, I was not asking you to do my research for me. I was looking for a simple bit of direction to re-locate or clarify one simple reference.

I'm unsure what has given you a) such a foul attitude and b) such a colossal sense of self importance? And why, pray tell, would you possibly deserve to be listed as a co-author for answering one question, when I have spent months researching and writing this script? And by the way, the word is "intend" not "intent." So, have a happy thanksgiving, you arrogant, self-righteous prick.
If life is good to me, you will remain a total stranger. This advice is fairly universal. Be polite. Don't behave like an asshole.
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002
From: Uriah Yisrael <>
Subject: would like to order books
i am the school master for Hebrew Israelite Academy in Boston and would like to order both books.
Please call me at 617 290-7301 so that i may pay for them via credit card.
keep up the good work!
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002
Subject: Purchase Dark Companion

Do you have a cover picture of matthe henson top of the world? Email me back at
Thank you
From: "bleidall" <>
To: <>
Subject: hi
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002

dear mattew,

WE read about you and we thought you were amazing good work how does it feel to be the 1st pearson on the north pole? can you send me a byoligy and some pictures? that would be great to here from you and see how it was there in the picture on the book i read you must have been warm and the north pole must be very cold i have one more queston isnt mattew hensen dead? please send me some pictures and and som information on the journey? please i want to share this with my class!!!!!!

Your fan,
Brittany Leidall
From: "Wintergreen Lodge" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002

Hey Bradley,
Thanks for the note & phone message. You're pretty handy with Photoshop! Feel free to put the pic on your site but maybe it's best if you just present it as a "Wouldn't it be great if...." pic. Who knows? Maybe we could generate serious interest and support to actually retool the thing.  However, if Stafford gave this proposal his blessing, I'm sure we could get the Inuit communities over there to rally behind the plan. Mounting the H would be fairly simple -- no scaffold needed -- just a climbing harness & ropes and star drills for the mounting bolts. I'd be happy to spearhead the installation if the approvals were granted.

I've emailed Morriasuq for more info on the Bartlett connection. Seem strange that Allen Counter didn't stumble upon that connection during his visits there. The villagers are quite proud and forthright about the Bartlett progeny. Feel free to link to my site.

Did you ever see the NatGeo film "Ice Riders" about our 2001 trip with Ussarquk Henson? I can send you a copy. His son Peter Henson is now quite enamored with my 17-year-old daughter Bria, who accompanied me on that trip. Peter calls us about every week now wooing her. What a strange and wonderful world!

regards, Paul Schurke
From: "Aviaq Lerch Henson" <>
Subject: Re: Peary & Henson miracle!
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002

Hej Bradley.

It's good to hear that they are going to put Robert Peary in Record Book, it's will also come a danish published record book in Greenland, so we are look for it when it comes.

We all are doing fine here in Greenland.
I've started in a Business school this year, and I will be already be finish next year, I'm studying as a secretary. But I'm thinking I will continue studying in the Greelandic University.
Well, I gotta go now.

Your sincerely,
Aviaq Henson, Nuuk.
From: "Wintergreen Lodge" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002

Hi Bradley,
Attached is a photo of the "correction" we made to a serious historical omission on the Peary monument. Actually the "H" is just tissue paper that we froze onto the obelisk with liquid from our water bottles -- so alas it's only a very temporary correction--hopefully someday somebody will permamently correct the monument!

By the way we were interested to learn on our dogsled trek through northwestern Greenland last May that Peary's ship captain Bob Barlett also fathered a son with an Inuit women in Thule. He and Inalook had a son Kavigarssuaq, who in turn fathered at least 5 sons and a couple daughters, one of whom now lives in the U.S.

regards, Paul Schurke

Paul & Susan Schurke
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge
& Wintergreen Northwoods Apparel
1101 Ring Rock Road
Ely, Minnesota 55731
218-365-6022, 218-365-3088FX
From: "Vic \"Musher\" DiSanto" <>
Subject: Mushers Hall of Fame
Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2002


I nominated Henson to the Mushers Hall of Fame in Wasila, Alaska. They had never heard of him.

Dear Bradley,

I was looking at your site the other day and noticed that although you do have a copyright warning on the first page, you have not indicated credits wtih the actual photos. Please add the credit line:
Courtesy of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College or, if that is too long: The Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College. (as per the use agreement. This should appear with the photo)

We find that having our pictures on the web generates a lot of attention and as I'm sure you know, people are all to willing to 'steal' them. By the way, have you seen Barbara King's book 'Dream of the Far North"? It is a fictional account of the North Pole expedition for children, with sympathetic portrayal of Henson. I believe the Friends of Peary's Eagle Island is distributing it. The have a web page at

Genevieve LeMoine

Genevieve LeMoine
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Bowdoin College
9500 College Station
Brunswick, Maine 04011-8495
From: "Vic \"Musher\" DiSanto"
To: <>
Subject: Purchase Henson books!
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002

Can I use a credit card to purchase both books?
Hello There,
I'd love to get a copy of MEN OF BRONZE as
I am fascinated by the subject matter.


Renée Tab
Sir - Ms

I believe, one my great grandfather's sons (first name unknown) took part in Admiral Peary's expedition of 1909 to the North Pole. His surname was Barnes. His father's name Captain (Ship's Master) William Morris Barnes. This son had served in the army during WWI. He was wounded in France, survived and was hospitalized for 4 months in England. Captain Wm Morris Barnes had another son, also a merchant Captain and served during WWI. All the Barnes were from Newfoudland. Do you have any mention of anyone named BARNES who was involved in that expedition? I would appreciate any information you may have about a BARNES.

Thank You

Robert A Kelly
737 Stiles Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario
K1J 6Y9
From: Paul Landry
March 24, 2002

Hope all is going well with you. I am in Resolute, waiting for good weather so we can fly the Twin Otter to northern Ellesmere (Ward Hunt Island) for another expedition to the North Pole.  That's right, I am off again to reach the North Pole.  I have one client with me, Swee Khoo from Singapore.  We will travel by skis, pulling our little sleds. 

I am bringing one dog with me for company: Apu (means snow in Inuktitut).  Apu was on the 2000 expedition to the Pole so he is a veteran of ice travel. The day before I left Iqaluit (Monday) I received a package from you which contained two copies of Peary' diaries.  Wow!  My dream come through.  I have wanted to get a copy of those diaries for years and did not know how to go about doing it.  And suddenly they appear. 

You are a wonderful person Bradley and I really appreciate what you have done.  The only problem is that I was overworked with North Pole preparations that I did not have time to read them.  I now look forward to my return so I can sit down with a large cup of good coffee and read through the entire journal.  Again thank you very much Bradley.  You're great.

The South Pole was fantastic.  I loved every minute of it.  It was really easy.  Almost every day I would think or say: "Scott died out here!"  Henson and Peary would of had a holiday down there after what they went through in the North.  Being in Antarctica made me realize even more how great and experienced Matt and Peary were.  There is a lot more for us to talk about on this subject when I get back.  I am taking the summer off so I hope to do more writing. Must go and finish my prep work so we are ready to fly tomorrow. Again, thank you very much for the diaries (and the honey). 

hi, my name's Christoph Dohe and im from a small town called lengerich in germany. im very interested in the greenlandian culture so i really enjoyed your pictures. thanks for your website!
Hi Bradley- Jack & I love the new photos on the web site. Thanks so much.  I mailed you on Friday photos from Arlington cemetary and more photos of Jack and his project. I'm sure Jack's teacher Mrs. Thornton will be pleased with her name on your site.

Thanks again.! Lynne

Love the site
In the search for history of when the first Igloos were built and by who I came across your site of Q&A. When in history were the igloos built in relation to the time of the building of the domes of Europe in or around 2000 B.C and/or were the Inuits the first or the greeks? If you have any information you could share I would deeply apprieate it.

Thank you very much for you time

My nine year old daughter just finished a three page report on Matthew Henson. She found your website to obtain some pictures for the report. Thank-you for such a fantastic website with such detailed information. "EACH ONE TEACH ONE "that is exactly what you have done and now she will do the same with 22 other kids who never heard of MATTHEW A. HENSON!
Thank-you, Terrie Ali
Hi! My name is Laina, I live in San Antonio, TX, and I'm 11 years old. I just found out about Matthew, because of a school biography book report I had to do. And I'm really glad that you respect him as much as I do. He never gave up because he was black, and I think he was much smarter than Peary!! He also got to meet Eskimos and speak their langauge, and learn how to dog sled!. I'm so glad you made this website. THANKS!!

He should be known as a very great African-American explorer. Give half credit for discovering the north pole. People should be penalized for calling him a "nigger".
Hi Bradley,

I was researching my family history and happened upon your website. It is very informative and extensive.

I think the fact that Perry and Henson are buried side by side at Arlington National Cemetery shows the strength of their friendship and the level of respect that they
had for each other.

Thank You,
Mark Henson (no relation)
From: "dane sanders" <>
Subject: Super Site!
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful explorer! We found your website the BEST! Thank you and THANK YOU, MATTHEW HENSON!
Megan Sanders
3rd grade
Upland Christian Schools
Alta Loma, California
From: "dane sanders" <>
Subject: Super Site!
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful explorer! We found your website the BEST! Thank you and THANK YOU, MATTHEW HENSON!

Megan Sanders
3rd grade
Upland Christian Schools
Alta Loma, California
Beautiful and very informative site! Thanks for the great photographs.

M. Vonier HS Schruns Dorf, Schruns, Austria