Bowers papers, MS 1505

Scope and Content

CORRESPONDENCE BY BOWERS

  • Letters (10) to Edith Margaret Bowers, 1910-1912
  • Letters (111) to Mary Emily Bowers, [1897]-1912
  • Letters (116) to Emily Webb Bowers, 1900-[22 March] 1912
  • Letter to Harry [Hunter], December 1907
  • Letters (3) from Mary Emily Bowers, 1903-1904
  • Letters (23) from Emily Webb Bowers, [1903]-[1905]
  • Letters (11) from others, 1903-1905

JOURNALS AND PAPERS 1893-1910

JOURNALS AND PAPERS, BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1910-1913

  • South Trinidad, July 1910
  • Notes on personnel, stores, equipment, transport etc.
  • Notes on lectures at Cape Evans
  • South Polar Times
  • Journals and field notebooks, 1910-[1912]

PAPERS RELATING TO CAPTAIN ALEXANDER BOWERS

  • Expeditions and travels, 1867-[1885]
  • Correspondence (7 letters), 1867-1880
  • Business and personal papers, 1862-1877 [Including extract from marriage register]
  • Miscellaneous papers, 1840-1887 [Press cuttings, obituaries, poems etc]

PAPERS RELATING TO EDITH MARGARET BOWERS

  • Letters (2) to her mother, [1914]
  • Letters (3) to Edith, 1919-1931

PAPERS RELATING TO MARY EMILY BOWERS

  • General correspondence (12 letters), 1909-1951
  • Correspondence (11 letters) relating to Birdie Bowers by George Seaver
  • Miscellaneous papers

PAPERS RELATING TO EMILY WEBB BOWERS

  • Letters (7) from Emily, [1905]-[1928]
  • Letters (21) to Emily, 1910-1917
  • Formal messages of condolence (7)
  • Pension and investments, 1913-1916

PAPERS RELATING TO MARGARET BOWERS

  • Letters to son and daughter in law, 1880

PAPERS RELATING TO THE MAXWELL FAMILY

  • Membership cards, letters, account

OTHER CORRESPONDENCE

  • Letters (2) from Ponting and Simpson, 1909-1935

POSTCARDS/GREETING CARDS

  • Postcards (32) from Henry, Emily and others
  • Christmas cards (7)

ENVELOPES

  • Envelopes (66) addressed to Bowers family members, 1903-1914

MISCELLANEOUS MANUSCRIPT ITEMS

  • Publications
  • Published prints
  • Reproduction of memorial tablets
  • Memorial services
  • Poems

MENUS

  • Royal Geographical Society of South Africa, Northbrook, Royal geographical Society

MAPS

  • Maps (7) [Ceylon, Irrawaddy, Depot Journey, Cape Royds to Hut Point, McMurdo Sound, Sphere of operation, Western Journey]

PRESS CUTTINGS

  • Service prior to British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
  • Relating to British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913

BOOK OF ASSOCIATION Held in Special collections, Library

  • Volumes by T G Bonney, A W Keppel, C R Markham, F A Pouchet and a copy of the Bible

PHOTOGRAPHSHeld in Picture Library P87/1/1-17 (265)

  • Photographs (16), Bowers as a child to Antarctic
  • Photographs (7) Family groups
  • Photographs (15) Bowers family
  • Photographs (3) HMS Worcester
  • Photographs (2) RIMS Dufferin
  • Photographs (13) Natal and Seychelles
  • Photographs (46) taken by Bowers, 1905-1906
  • Photographs (19) RIMS Northbrook, Minto, Bhamo, Hardinge, Irrawaddy and others
  • Photographs (24) Royal Indian Marine
  • Photographs (14) Terra Nova
  • Photographs 3) South Pole
  • Photograph Terra Nova
  • Photographs (45) By Herbert Ponting
  • Photographs (42) British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1193
  • Photographs (9) Memorials to Polar Party, New Zealand
  • Photographs (2) Edward RGR Evans and Edward Wilson
  • Photograph Bishopgriggs Public School sports team [1903]

PORTRAITS

Administrative / Biographical History

MS 1505, the Bowers papers include letters, journals, photographs, newspaper cuttings and other ephemera covering Bowers childhood to his death with Scott and Wilson on the return march form the South Pole in 1912.

The collection also includes correspondence by his father Alexander, mother Emily Webb Bowers and two sisters Mary (later Lady Maxwell) and Edith.

A fully itemised catalogue for this collection, including detailed abstracts and transcriptions is available for consultation at the Institute.

Arrangement

The collection is split into twenty parts.

Alternative Form Available

Copies of some of the journals and letters are found amongst other deposits in the Institute archives.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the Institute in 1986.

Related Material

The Institute holds archival collections for Family members and fellow British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 members.