Drake, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 481/2;D Letter to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 28 April 1910 [Acknowledges receipt of cheque, on stationary headed British Antarctic Expedition]
  • MS 559/60/1-5;D Letters (4) and enclosures to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 14 May to 7 November 1913 [Regarding copies of photographs owned by the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 and also the question of Cherry-Garrard's typewriter and the Underwood Typewriter Company] holograph and typed, including 1 copy
  • MS 1453/77;D Letter to Lord Effingham, 3 March 1912 [Souvenir letter from the Antarctic] 1 leaf, holograph (mounted)
  • MS 564/2;D Letter to Albert Hastings Markham from McMurdo Sound, 25 January 1913 [Returns Markham's letter to Scott] photocopy of an autographed typescript
  • MS 964/2/1-2;D Letters (2) to Herbert Ponting, 28 January and 3 February 1913 [Returning Ponting's letters to Captain Scott and informing him that his affairs will be sorted out when Drake returns] typescript
  • MS 1013/1;D Letter to Daniel Radcliffe, from McMurdo Sound, 25 January 1913 [Brief statement on Scott's death] typed (Xerox copy)
  • MS 1007/1;D Letter to Ida Wilson, 30 September 1913 [News that she may have expedition photographs on the understanding that they are copyrighted] typed

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A party led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911. A northern party led by Victor Campbell established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp. The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.



Alternative Form Available

MS 564/2;D is a copy.

Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.

Additional Information

MS 564/2;D Original in National Maritime Museum (ms.61/020) (1982)