Hartley Travers Ferrar collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of diaries, journals workbooks and letters compiled during the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), latter correspondence , lecture notes and material relating to the German Preliminary Glaciological Expedition, 1891-1892 to Greenland (leader Erich von Drygalski).

Administrative / Biographical History

Hartley Travers Ferrar was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1879. He read natural sciences at Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge. He joined the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) as geologist, taking part in many of the sledging journeys, including those to the western mountains. Ferrar Glacier, Victoria Land, is named for him.

After the expedition, Ferrar joined the Egyptian Survey Department, carrying out the first extensive surveys of the western desert and subsequently became a schoolmaster in New Zealand. He volunteered for the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the First World War. In 1919 he joined the New Zealand Geological Survey, serving with them until his death in 1932.


For the purpose of this guide the collection is arranged into four sub-fonds, the two expeditions, lecture notes and general correspondence. Material within each sub-fond is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 UDC number (7) and Scott of the Antarctic Elspeth Huxley, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (1977) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Scott, R.F.] and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Clive Holland Arctic, exploration and development circa 500 bc. to 1915, an encyclopaedia Garland Publishing, London (1994) ISBN number 0824076486.

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.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

Copyright restrictions apply to most material. The copyright may lie outside the Institute and, if so, it is necessary for the reader to seek appropriate permission to consult, copy, or publish any such material. (The Institute does not seek this permission on behalf of readers). Written permission to publish material subject to the Institute's copyright must be obtained from the Director. Details of conditions and fees may be had from the Archivist.


Further accessions possible.