The collection comprises of correspondence by Eleanor regarding polar exploration.
Eleanor Isabella Franklin collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Eleanor Isabella Franklin
- Dates of Creation1843-1849
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (8 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Eleanor Isabella Franklin was born on 3 June 1824 in London, the daughter of the Arctic explorer, John Franklin, and the poet, Eleanor Anne Porden, who died in 1825. On his return from the British Naval Exploring Expedition [second Arctic Land expedition], 1825-1827, her father married Jane Griffin in 1828. John Franklin died on 11 June 1847 during the ill-fated British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848. In 1849, Eleanor married the Reverend John Philip Gell. She died in 1860.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and Dictionary of National Biography volume 20, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1889)
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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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