Shackleton, family correspondence

Scope and Content

LETTERS to EMILY

  • MS 1537/2/4/2;D Letter, 12 August 1898 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/4/3;D Letter, 20 April 1901 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/4/4;D Letter, 18 June 1901 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/4/5;D Letter, 1 November 1901 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/5/5;D Letter, 15 May 1903 [Birthday greetings]
  • MS 1537/2/5/4;D Letter, 2 December 1903 [Mentions Royal Geographical Society]
  • MS 1537/2/10/3;D Letter, 11 January 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/2;D Letter, 21 January 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/4;D Letter, 21 January 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/5;D Letter, 10 February 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/6;D Letter, 18 February 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/7;D Letter, 23 February 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/8;D Letter, 29 March 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1581/1/1;D Letter, 29 March 1904 [Regarding their future] typed copy
  • MS 1537/2/10/10;D Letter, 29 March 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/9;D Letter, 30 March 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/13;D Letter, [May 1904] [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/11;D Letter, 19 August 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/12;D Letter, 23 August 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/14;D Letter, 23 September 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/9/1;D Letter, 15 October 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/9/2;D Letter, 15 October 1904 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/9/3;D Letter, 24 March 1905 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/9/4;D Letter, April 1905 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/10/15;D Letter, September 1905 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/9/5;D Letter, 3 January 1906 [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/12/1-8;D Letters (8), February 1906 [Personal Letters with mention of a contract for shipping Russian troops, visit to the Beardmores, and a steamship company]
  • MS 1537/2/12/9-10;D Letters (2), 25 February 1906, 28 April 1906 [Refers to Russian contracts and work for Beardmore and 2 possible jobs]
  • MS 1537/2/12/11-17;D Letters (7), 23 and 30 March 1906, 10 May 1906, 8 June 1906, 21 November 1906, 12 February 1907, 14 August 1907
  • MS 1581/1/2;D Letter, 16 February 1907 [Nearing Columbo, British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/12/18;D Letter, 6 November 1907 [From Indian, Aden at the start of British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 includes verses to her]
  • MS 1537/2/13/6-11;D Letters (6), written from 31 October 1907 to December 1907 [After leaving England, mentions money, pole ambitions, the crew and lecturing but mainly feelings for his wife and family]
  • MS 1537/2/16/2;D Telegram, McMurdo Sound, dated 7 Christchurch
  • MS 1537/2/18/3;D Letter, 1 January 1908 [Written during British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909]
  • MS 1537/2/18/4;D Letter, 10 January 1908 [Written during British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909]
  • MS 1537/2/21/1;D Letter, 14 January 1908 [Refers to Captain England, David and scientific work]
  • MS 1581/1/3;D Letter, 22 January 1908 [British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909, describes shore staff] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/18/5;D Letter, 22 January 1908 [First half of a letter finished on 26 January]
  • MS 1537/2/16/3;D Letter, 26 January 1908 [Copied by Emily Shackleton for circulation among family and friends]
  • MS 1537/2/17/2;D Letter, 15 February 1908 [Refers to various difficulties and brief reference to Captain England]
  • MS 1537/2/17/1;D Letter, 22 February 1908 [Refers to Captain England]
  • MS 1537/2/18/6;D Letter, 18 March 1908 [Written during British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909]
  • MS 1537/2/18/8;D Letter, 12 August 1908 [Written during British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909]
  • MS 1537/2/18/7;D Letter, 29 October 1908 [Written during British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909]
  • MS 1537/2/24/1-4;D Letters (4), 1 April 1909, 5 April 1909, 25 April 1909, Telegrams from Brindisi, 10 June 1909, 18 August 1909, 9 August 1909
  • MS 1537/2/17/12;D Letter, 15 May 1909 [Refers to money and Captain England]
  • MS 1537/2/26/1-7,10-12,&16-17;D Letters (12), 1909-1911 [Written during his lecture tour]
  • MS 1581/1/4;D Letter, 3 November 1910 [From Cologne, regarding lectures given in Germany] holograph
  • MS 1581/1/5;D Letter, 23 November 1910 [From Stuttgart, personal and business news] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/27/1-10;D Letters (10), 1910 to 1912 [Mainly business affairs]
  • MS 1537/2/28/1-8;D Letters (8), 8 March 1911 to 12 April 1911 [From Budapest, Berlin, Tannowits and London]
  • MS 1581/1/6;D Letter, 12 April 1911 [From London, regarding The Daily Mail ] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/30/15-16;D Letters (2), May 1914 [Written on Glacier in Norway with accompanying letter from Bergen, refers to motor sledges]
  • MS 1537/2/30/30-36;D Telegrams, August 1914 [Admiralty decision about whether the expedition will sail and details of men called up]
  • MS 1537/2/30/42;D Letter, 17 August 1914 [Preparations for Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 and choosing crew, reflections on the War]
  • MS 1537/2/30/37-38;D Letters (2), 26 August, 31 August 1914 [Refers to visit to Caird to discuss whether he should enlist, refers to talks with Docker and Caird and of decision to go South]
  • MS 1537/2/30/39-40;D Letters (2), 1914 [Refers to the Aurora and to the War]
  • MS 1537/2/31/4;D Letter, [August 1914] [Personal letter]
  • MS 1537/2/31/5;D Letter, 27 September 1914 [Note sent back with pilot]
  • MS 1537/2/31/5/1;D Letter, October 1914 [Approaching Vigo]
  • MS 1537/2/31/6;D Letter, 26 October 1914 [From Argentina]
  • MS 1537/2/31/6/1;D Copy of MS 1537/2/31/5;D
  • MS 1537/2/31/7;D Letter to, 4 December 1914 [From South Georgia]
  • MS 1537/2/31/7/1;D Copy of MS 1537/2/31/7;D
  • MS 1537/2/32/9-11;D Telegrams (3), 1 June, 4 June, 15 June 1916 [From Stanley, Falkland Islands]
  • MS 1537/2/32/12-13;D Letter, 3 June 1916 [From Stanley, includes press cutting of photo of Shackleton after crossing South Georgia]
  • MS 1537/2/32/14;D Letter, 2 August 1916 [Refers to failure to rescue men on Elephant Island] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/32/15;D Letter, 3 September 1916 [After rescue of Elephant Island men] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/32/16;D Letter, 23 October 1916 [A summary of characters of men on the expedition, finances and Aurora relief]
  • MS 1537/2/36/4;D Telegram, 3 October 1916 [Necessity of his going to New Zealand]
  • MS 1537/2/36/5;D Telegram, 11 October 1916 [Written during Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916]
  • MS 1537/2/34/2;D Letter to, 23 October 1916 [From South America, just before going to New Zealand, refers to reception in South America, people at home, tiredness, Daisy's death, conduct of men on expedition]
  • MS 1537/2/34/3;D Letter, 10 November 1916 [On eve of departure to New Zealand]
  • MS 1537/2/34/5;D Letter, 6 December 1916 [From Wellington, refers to films, anxiety about Ross Sea Party] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/36/6;D Letters, 20 December 1916 [ Aurora ]
  • MS 100/109;D Letters (extracts), 1917 to 1918 [Made by Hugh Robert Mill from 30 Letters] 5 leaves
  • MS 1537/2/39/1;D Letter, February 1917 [Written on way to Dunedin to give a lecture]
  • MS 1537/2/36/8-11;D Telegrams (4), 12 February 1917 to 16 May 1917
  • MS 1537/2/36/7;D Letter, 20 February 1917 [Brief note]
  • MS 1537/2/39/2-10;D Letters (9), August to September 1917, from England, October 1917 to January 1918, from America
  • MS 1537/2/38/1-8;D Letters (8), October to December 1917 [On eve of departure to America, letters from North and South America]
  • MS 1537/2/39/11-12;D Telegrams (2), January 1918 [From South America]
  • MS 1537/2/41/1-18;D Letters (18), January to December 1918 [From Buenos Aires, London, Tromso, North Russia, includes three photographs of Shackleton in South America]
  • MS 1537/2/39/13;D Letter, December 1918 [Presumably from Inverness]
  • MS 1581/1/7;D Letter, 23 [unknown] 1918 [From Murmansk] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/43/1-9;D Letters (9), January to March 1919 [Northern Russia, includes a small bound notebook with Russian vocabulary and a copy of The Pole Star, January 1919, the newspaper for the forces in Northern Russia]
  • MS 1537/2/44/1;D Letter, 31 August 1920 [Regarding a funeral attended in London]
  • MS 1537/2/45/1-8;D Letters (8), October to December 1921 [Includes his last Letter to his wife]
  • MS 1537/2/9/6;D Letter, undated
  • MS 1537/2/9/7;D Letter, undated
  • MS 1603/80;D Letter from Charles Walker to Lady Emily Shackleton, 12 June 1922 [Regarding the medal awarded to Ernest Henry Shackleton by the Circulo de Oficiales Retiredos y Liga Patriolica Militari, Chile] holograph

FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE

  • MS 1537/2/5/3;D Letter to Charles Dorman, 3 August 1901 [Asking to marry Emily]
  • MS 1537/2/34/1-13;D & 15-16;D A collection of Letters and postcards to Cecily Shackleton, 1914 to Christmas 1921, holograph
  • MS 100/107;D Letters (extracts) to Cecily Shackleton, 1917 [Made by Hugh Robert Mill]
  • MS 100/108;D Letter (copy) to Edward Shackleton, 26 October 1918 [From north Russia] typescript
  • MS 100/110/1-2;D Letters (2) to Raymond Shackleton, 1 August 1916 and 26 October 1918 [From Endurance and north Russia] typescript
  • MS 1537/2/8/1;D Letter to Miss Maude Dorman, 10 April 1904 [The day after his wedding to her sister Emily, encloses a menu with annotations about the food and hotel]

CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING ERNEST SHACKLETON

  • MS 1603/87;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1984, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/88;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1985, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/89;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1986, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/91;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1987 to 1992, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/82;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1964, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/84;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1965, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/85;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton and others with regard to Ernest Shackleton, 1966, typescript and holograph
  • MS 1603/78;D Correspondence between Edward Shackleton, 1986 [Regarding letter sent from Emily Shackleton to John Quiller Rowett on 1 February 1922] holograph
  • MS 1603/86;D Letter from Sir Leslie Bowers to Edward Shackleton [Regarding Ernest Shackleton in Chile 1916] typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence comprises of letters to Emily Shackleton (nee Dorman) from before their marriage to the time of Sir Ernest's death during the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 and additional correspondence with the Shackleton and Dorman families

There is also a large amount of correspondence to Ernest's son Edward regarding his father

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

The Institute holds an archival collection for Lady Emily Shackleton, Edward Shackleton and Cecily Shackleton.

Charles Dorman's reply to Ernest MS 1537/2/5/2;D dated 8 August 1901