Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Weddell Sea Party] papers

Scope and Content

  • MS 1537/2/32/37;D An empty folder marked, regarding purchase of Endurance
  • MS 1537/2/33/1;D Printed proposal for the Trans Antarctic expedition, signed by Shackleton, includes comments from polar experts and newspapers, map of proposed route, plan of Endurance, object of expedition, origin of idea, logistics and staff list
  • MS 1537/2/33/2;D Report of the conference of the Royal Geographical Societies committee with Ernest Shackleton, 4 March 1914
  • MS 1537/2/33/3;D The agreement and account of crew of the Endurance, 30 July 1914, holograph
  • MS 1537/2/33/4;D Clearance certificates, certificates for materials, compass, anchor and chain cable, all in a file marked Weddell Sea, ships certificate, also includes two pages of instructions for Ocean Camp, written and signed by Ernest Shackleton
  • MS 735/5;BJ Album, 1909-1921 [Press cuttings regarding Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton,] 1 volume
  • MS 735/6-8;BPC Albums (3)[Press cuttings regarding the expedition] 3 volumes

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection covers the early stages of the planning of the expedition and reports on the expedition.



Related Material

The Institute holds the following archival collections for members of the expedition, GB 15 Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, GB 15 Perce Blackborow, GB 15 GB 015 Alfred Cheetham, GB 15 Robert Selbie Clark, GB 15 Thomas Crean, GB 15 Lionel Greenstreet, GB 15 Walter How, GB 15 James Hurley, GB 15 Leonard Hussey, GB 15 Reginald William James, GB 15 Alexander Hepburne Macklin, GB 15 Henry McNish, GB 15 Thomas Orde-Lees, GB 15 John Robert Francis Wild, GB 15 James Mann Wordie, GB 15 Frank Worsley and GB 15 Ships, Endurance.

The Institute also holds archival collections for Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills and James Caird (two of the expedition sponsors) Hugh Robert Mill, Lady Emily Shackleton, Neville Chamberlain, the British and Foreign Sailors Society, Arthur Balfor and Thomas Kenneth Graham.