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We would like to gather any and all documentation pertaining to Miskatonic University's research facility on Goat Island, Newington, NH. This will be a crowdsourced effort; collaboration is essential and anyone with a contribution to make will be welcomed. We hope that the repository will contain a variety of media: scans of documents, audio of oral histories, photographs, etc. If you are interested in contributing, please contact for account provisioning.

The Goat Island facility

Miskatonic University's connection to Goat Island began in 1885, when noted Miskatonic alienist Dr. Hubert Pomfret's association with the Danvers State Hospital was terminated. Dr. Pomfret's personal papers refer only to 'the incident'; in spite of the rumors that swirled around him, he was able to raise funds for a private hospital. Desirous of privacy, Pomfret bought Goat Island and asked Nathaniel Bradlee (external link) to design a modest but secure facility. After Pomfret's sudden death, it was discovered that he left all his possessions (somehow, he had acquired sole title to the asylum and the island) to Miskatonic University. The asylum was hastily closed and the island unused until the return of the Pabodie Expedition in 1931 when the Nathaniel Derby Pickman Foundation funded a program of renovation and modernization and what had been the All Souls Asylum became the Miskatonic Geological Archive.

During the thirties and early forties, the Archive was staffed primarily by Professor William Dyer assisted by Henry Danforth (after his partial recovery). Including custodial staff, the archive would usually see fewer than seven people walk through its doors on a typical day. That changed in August of 1943 when a delegation from the Department of War arrived. Details of these first meetings are sketchy, but indications are that The War Department was seeking Antarctic expertise to counter Nazi efforts in New Swabia. What is clear is that the August meetings began a largely clandestine association between the Miskatonic Geological Archives and the Dept. of War/DoD that would last until 1962, when all surviving Goat Island assets and inventory were moved to Groom Dry Lake.

Goat Island personnel participated in Operation Highjump (external link) and Operation Windmill (external link) - efforts that laid the groundwork for the Second Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition.

Second Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition items

I (M. L.) laid out how I came across them in a blog entry - this is such a significant find it deserves some space here on the front page. I found a small cache of 2nd Expedition patches and field notebooks. We are keeping some for the archive and we're going to sell a few to try to defray some of our out-of-pocket expenses. I've asked J. P. to handle the transactions. You can find more details on his site.

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