The collection comprises of minutes and papers emanating from the Discovery Committee.
Discovery Committee collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Discovery Committee
- Dates of Creation1923-1949
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionMinutes and papers (circa 50 files plus maps)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Discovery Committee was established in 1918 to address the issue of the southern whale fishery. The Discovery Investigations comprised of oceanographic surveys carried out to produce information on the whaling and sealing industries around the Falkland Islands Dependencies. Scott's first expedition ship Discovery carried out the first survey in 1925, she was later replaced in this work by Discovery II and William Scoresby.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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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