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The Scott Polar Research Institute was established in 1920, to encourage polar science and exploration. The Institute is within the Faculty of Earth Science and Geography, University of Cambridge.
The Archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute hold one of the largest collections of manuscripts and other unpublished material relating to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and to the many persons who have worked there. The largest holdings concern the many British expeditions undertaking exploratory activities in these regions from the early nineteenth century to the present. Here the Institute's holdings include journals, log - books, reports, correspondence, administrative records, maps and artwork. They are particularly extensive for the many expeditions sent in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition of 1845 - 1848 and the 'Heroic Era' Antarctic expeditions including those of Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.