The collection comprises of material relating to the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader George Strong Nares) and correspondence by Egerton.
George Egerton collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 George Egerton/Expedition material
- Dates of Creation1875-1912
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (12 volumes) and correspondence (227 leaves, 1 microfilm)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
George Le Clerk Egerton was born circa 1853. He was sub-lieutenant in HMS Alert on the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader George Strong Nares). The expedition was sent by the Admiralty to attempt to reach the North Pole by way of Smith Sound and to explore the coasts of Greenland and adjacent lands. Although the attempt to reach the Pole was unsuccessful, the expedition made some geographical discoveries and returned with a large quantity of scientific data. He died in 1940.
The collection is arranged into two sub-fonds covering the Arctic expedition and correspondence.
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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Arctic exploration and development c.500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Anthony Holland, Garland Publishing Inc. New York (1994)
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.
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