Roberts, British Graham Land Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 183/14;MSM Map Graham Land
  • MS 183/39;MSM Map Graham Land
  • MS 236;BJ Ornithology observations, 1934-1937 [Systematic daily record for incubation periods, fledging periods, growth rate on Wilson's Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus), Argentine Islands] 1 volume
  • MS 939;BJ Bird temperature measurements, 1934-1937 [Mainly tables and graphs] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1308/23;BJ Ornithological specimen book, 1934 to 1937 [Numbered list of specimens with their origins, dates of capture] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 237;BJ Tidal observations, 1934-1937 [Argentine Islands and Debenham Islands] 1 volume
  • MS 503;BJ Tidal observations, 1934-1937 [Argentine Islands and Barry Islands] 1 volume
  • MS 1308/21/1-2;BJ Weather observations, 10 September 1934 to 10 June 1937 [Voyage of Penola for use with ornithological observations] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 1447/1-11;D Letters (11) to his father and mother, 23 September 1934 to 30 September 1936 [Account of progress of the British Graham Land Expedition, 1934-37] 88 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1308/3/1-2;BJ Journals (2), December 1934 to 17 May 1937 [Personal record, volume I December 1934 to 9 December 1935, volume II, 10 December 1935 to 17 May 1937 with index] 2 volumes, typescript
  • MS 1308/20/1-6;BJ Ornithology notebooks (6), 1934 to 1937 [General notes made on Falkland Islands and dependencies, specific notes, marine ornithology in South Atlantic (Scotia Sea), Sphenisciformes, Procellariiformes] 6 volumes, typescript
  • MS 1308/4;BJ Record of Scientific work [Duplicate of MS 179;BJ Bertram] 1 volume, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Graham Land Expedition, 1934-1937 (leader John Rymill) spent three years exploring the area of the Antarctic peninsula which at that time was thought to be an island. A De Havilland Fox Moth aircraft was used for depot laying an aria reconnaissance while dog teams carried out exploration. Bases were set up at Argentine Islands and Debenham Islands. A broad scientific programme was conducted and the expedition proved that channels sighted by Wilkins and Ellsworth did not exist and that Graham Land was part of the Antarctic mainland.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see SPRI collection GB 015 British Graham Land Expedition, 1934-1937 for more information. The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.