South Polar Times collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of copies of The South Polar Times for both the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott)

Administrative / Biographical History

The South Polar Times (SPT) was a monthly journal produced by and for members of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), during the winters of 1902 and 1903. Expedition members were invited to contribute articles and poems, which were edited by Ernest Henry Shackleton, typed by Charles Ford, and illustrated by Edward Adrian Wilson. As well as light and humorous articles, SPT also contained summaries of events and meteorological conditions during the previous month. On the return of the expedition, a limited edition of SPT was printed commercially, bound between hard covers in three volumes. In 2000, a second limited edition was published to celebrate the centenary of the expedition. The SPT was reintroduced during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott)

Arrangement

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

Note

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compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7)[pub.2002] and Shackleton by James Fisher and Margery Fisher, Barrie London (1957) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Shackleton, E.H] and The South Polar Times. Volume 1 April to August 1902; volume 2 April to August 1903, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1907) SPRI Library Shelf Special Collection Folio (7)91(08)[1910-13] Archives

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

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

Accruals

Further accessions possible

Geographical Names