Leonard Huxley collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence with Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Kathleen Scott and Robert Falcon Scott

Administrative / Biographical History

Leonard Huxley was born in 1860 in London, son of the famous scientist Thomas Henry Huxley. He was educated at University College School, at St. Andrews University, and at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1884, he became an assistant master at Charterhouse, remaining there until 1901 when he joined the publishing firm of Smith, Elder & Company, where he became the close friend and literary adviser of Reginald John Smith. After the death of Smith in 1916 and the amalgamation of Smith, Elder & Company with the publishing firm, John Murray, Huxley moved to Albemarle Street and became editor of the Cornhill Magazine. Huxley wrote a biography of his father, Thomas Henry Huxley, edited the life and letters of Joseph Dalton Hooker and the journals of Robert Falcon Scott from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. He died in London in 1933.

Published work, Scott's last expedition, the journals of Captain Robert Falcon Scott Arranged by Leonard Huxley, Beacon Press, Boston (1957) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1910-1913 Scott] and Life and letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, based on materials collected and arranged by Lady Hooker edited by Leonard Huxley, John Murray, London (1918) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Hooker, J.D.]


The collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Access Information

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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 Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940 with an index covering the years 1901-1940 in one alphabetical series, (1950) Oxford University Press, London and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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

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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