Antarctic Newspaper, The Blizzard

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of an edition of the newspaper.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Blizzard was a newspaper produced for members of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). Ernest Henry Shackleton edited it during the winter months of 1902 at Hut Point. Shackleton was so successful in persuading his colleagues to contribute copy to the official expedition newspaper The South Polar Times, that more contributions were received than could be included, The Blizzard was launched for material deemed not quite appropriate for the Times. In comparison with its official counterpart, The Blizzard was more facetious and satirical, the cover reading 'Never mind the Blizzard. I'm all right.'


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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and The life of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, CVO, OBE, (Mil), LlD. by Hugh Robert Mill, William Heinemann Ltd. London (1924) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Shackleton, E.H.]

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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing, New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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