Heim, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 101/48/1-5;D Letters (5) to William Speirs Bruce, 1911 to 1912 [Regarding the expedition] 5 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

Correspondence regarding the German South Polar expedition, 1911-1912 (leader Wilhelm Filchner). This expedition stopped at Buenos Aries before proceeding south to Antarctic waters. Exploring South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in 1911 the expedition ship Deutschland then sailed south to the Weddell Sea. The south coast was charted and the Filchner Ice Shelf discovered. Deutschland was beset and attempts to create a permanent base on the Ice Shelf proved unsuccessful. Plans for crossing Antarctica were abandoned but a comprehensive scientific programme was undertaken.



Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

For additional collections containing information on the German South Polar Expedition, 1911-1912 (leader Wilhelm Filchner) see SPRI collections GB 015 Wilhelm Filchner, GB 015 Johannes Mller, GB 015 Robert Mossman and GB 015 Albrecht Penck.