The collection comprises of correspondence regarding her brother Henry Bowers (1883-1912) and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913.
Mary Bowers collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Mary Bowers
- Dates of Creation1913-1921
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (3 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Mary [May] Emily Bowers was born in the British Straits Settlement, the eldest child of Emily Bowers (nee Webb) and Captain Alexander Bowers and sister to Henry Robertson Bowers. In 1924, she married Sir William Maxwell, who had served as president of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society between 1880 and 1908 and as president of the International Co-operative Alliance from 1907 to 1921. She was widowed in 1929 and continued to live at Caerlaverock in Rothesay, Scotland. She died in 1952.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events , (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Who was who, 1929-1940 , Adam & Charles Black, London (1947) and Birdie Bowers of the Antarctic by George Seaver, John Murray, London (1938) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Bowers, H.R.] and A catalogue of the Henry Robertson Bowers Papers in the Archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute compiled by Harold Godfrey Rudolf King, Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge (1990)
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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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