Sir Edmund Hillary Autograph

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008
  • Dates

    November 16, 1998
  • Physical Description

    1 Sheet (31 x 38 cm.)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    One sheet bearing Hillary's signature, along with a line drawing of two figures climbing a mountain, both in black ink.
  • Biographical / Historical

    Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (1919-2008) was New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. As part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest point on Earth, on May 29, 1953. For this feat, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, while Tenzing received the George Medal, one of Britain's highest civilian awards. Hillary would go on to participate in other expeditions in the Himalayas, as well as an expedition to the South Pole. In 1985, he was appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to India. Hillary also devoted much of his time and energy to various philanthropic causes, particularly those dedicated to preserving the ecology of the Himalayas and improving the living conditions of the Sherpa people. In 1998, Hillary was the recipient of the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in honor of his "monumental explorations and humanitarian achievements." This autograph drawing was made by Hillary during a press conference at the Freer Gallery on November 16.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A1998.09
  • Creator

    Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008
  • Place

    Washington (D.C.)
    USA -- District of Columbia -- Washington
  • Topic

  • Container

    Folder 1
  • Custodial History

    Gift of Sir Edmund Hillary, 1998.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Ink drawings
    Signatures (names)
  • Citation

    Sir Edmund Hillary Autograph. FSA.A1998.09. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    Organized in one file folder.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Ink drawings
    Signatures (names)
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013