Gordon Manley collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the Cambridge East Greenland Expedition, 1926 (leader James Mann Wordie) and maps created after the expedition from surveys made.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon Manley was born on 3 January 1902 in Douglas, Isle of Man. He studied engineering at Manchester University, later reading geography under Professor Frank Debenham at Cambridge University. In 1925, he joined the Meteorological Office, and the following year served on the Cambridge East Greenland Expedition (leader James Mann Wordie). The party spent the summer surveying the coastline of the Franz Josefs Fjord area of east Greenland. After the expedition, he taught at the universities of Birmingham and Durham before returning to Cambridge as university lecturer and demonstrator in 1939. Between 1945 and 1946, he served as president of the Royal Meteorological Society. In 1948, Manley was appointed the first professor of geography at Bedford College, London, where he remained until 1964 when he appointed to the chair of environmental sciences at Lancaster University. Retiring in 1968, he became emeritus professor and research associate at Lancaster. He died in Cambridge on 29 January 1980.


The collection is arranged chronologically

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


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

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

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 'Professor Gordon Manley' by Ray Bradley in Polar Record volume 20 number 125 May 1980 p181 and Who was who, 1971-1980, Adam and Charles Black London (1989)

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

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 the Cambridge East Greenland Expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.