Theodore Salvesen collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Salvesen to the polar explorer William Speirs Bruce (leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904). The correspondence relates to the whaling industry in the southern oceans.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Theodore Salvesen was born on 20 July 1857 in Leith, Scotland, son of the ship-owner Christian Salvesen. He studied law at Edinburgh University, becoming a barrister in 1880 and Queen's Counsel in 1899. Between 1901 and 1905, he served as Sheriff of the Counties of Roxburgh, Berwick and Selkirk. In 1905, he was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland, and later in the same year was appointed Judge of the Court of Session of Scotland, a post he held until his retirement in 1922.

Between 1929 and 1933, he served as Lord Rectors Assessor on the Courts of Edinburgh University, and was a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Salvesen was the president of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and served as president of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society between 1920 and 1926. He was knighted in 1926 and died on 23 February 1942.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment.

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The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Who was who, 1941-1950, Adam & Charles Black, London

Other Finding Aids

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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