Oxford University Ellesmere Island expedition, 1934-1935 collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the expedition

Administrative / Biographical History

The Oxford University Ellesmere Island Expedition, 1934-1935 (leader Noel Humphreys) sailed from London in the Norwegian sealer Signalhorn. The expedition undertook work in North Grant Land, Grinnell Land, Western and Eastern Ellesmere Land and Bache Peninsula.

Expedition members Humphreys leader and surveyor, Edward Shackleton expedition organiser and assistant surveyor, A W Morris photographer and biologist, H W Stallworthy of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, Robert Bentham, geologist and David Haig-Thomas ornithologist


The collection is arranged chronologically

Conditions Governing Access

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 Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and The Scottish Geographical Magazine July 1937 volume 53

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.

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Further accessions possible