Campbell, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 280/8/1-2;BJ Journal, 8 January to 24 September and 27 September to 21 October 1912 [Kept from the landing of the Northern party at Evans Cove, Victoria Land and during their sledge journey to Cape Evans] 2 volumes
  • MS 280/8/3 Typescript copy of MS 280/8/1-2;BJ
  • MS 280/8/4;BJ Angle book,1911-1912 [Kept from 28 March 1911 at Cape Adare to 11 February 1912 near Evans Cove, Victoria Land] 1 volume
  • MS 280/8/5;BJ Work book, Cape Adare, 1911
  • MS 1419/1;D Journal, 1910-1911 [Kept during the expedition, 1 June 1910 to 30 December 1911] 102 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1419/2;D Journal kept during expedition, 13 October to 28 November 1912 [Fragment of a larger diary. This journal continues after 21 October where the original stops] 20 leaves holograph
  • MS 1469/1-2;D Diaries (2), 1 June 1910 to 28 November 1912 [First diary (1 June 1910-30 December 1911) is a transcript of MS 1419/1;D the second is a complete transcript of the 1912 diary of which MS 1419/2;D is a fragment] 106 leaves, typed transcript
  • MS 1419/3;D Notebook, eastern party, notes on meteorology, zoology [Notes on observational technique in meteorology; main features of various bird and seal species, notes on care of ponies] 59 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1419/4;D Notebook on 'Surveying etc' [Mainly notes on surveying technique] 40 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1534/1/1;BJ Journal, Eastern Party, 5 June to 30 December 1911, 101 leaves
  • MS 1534/1/2;BJ Journal Eastern Party, 8 January to 28 November 1912, 83 leaves(photocopies)
  • MS 1534/2/1;BJ Scientific notes, Meteorology, Zoology etc. Photocopies of MSS
  • MS 1534/2/2;BJ Scientific notes, draft, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A second group led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911.

A northern party led by Campbell and comprising of Raymond Priestley (geologist and meteorologist), George Levick (surgeon, zoologist, photographer), George Abbot and Frank Browning (both petty officers) and Harry Dickason (seaman) established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp.

The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his four companions (Henry Robertson Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Edward Grace Oates and Edward Adrian Wilson) perished during the return journey.



Related Material

  • MS 1419/1 Original in Memorial University of Newfoundland Library (1982)
  • MS 1419/2;D Original diary for the period 8 January to 28 November 1912 held in Memorial University of Newfoundland Library (1982)

Geographical Names