Isabella Louisa Parry collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence and diaries by Isabella Parry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Isabella Louisa Parry (nee Stanley) was born in 1801, daughter of Sir John Stanley, first Baron Stanley of Alderley. She married William Edward Parry, the Arctic explorer, in October 1826 and they had four surviving children - twins Edward and Isabella born in 1830, Lucy born in 1831 and Charles born in 1833. She died in May 1839 at Tunbridge Wells shortly after giving birth prematurely to twin boys who did not survive.


The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of the diaries and correspondence respectively.

Access Information

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 Dictionary of National Biography volume 43, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1895) and Parry of the Arctic, the life story of Admiral Sir Edward Parry 1790-1855 by Ann Parry, Chatto & Windus, London (1963) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Parry, W.E.]

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

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

Copyright restrictions apply to most material. The copyright may lie outside the Institute and, if so, it is necessary for the reader to seek appropriate permission to consult, copy, or publish any such material. (The Institute does not seek this permission on behalf of readers). Written permission to publish material subject to the Institute's copyright must be obtained from the Director. Details of conditions and fees may be had from the Archivist.


Further accessions possible.

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections for both the Parry and Stanley families.