Andrew Keith Jack collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material created during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917 and correspondence with the geographer and meteorologist Hugh Robert Mill.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Keith Jack was born in Australia in 1885. He joined the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917 (Captains Mackintosh and Stenhouse), organised by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton to meet his Weddell Sea Party. Jack was meteorologist and physicist with the Ross Sea Party and also took part in early depot-laying journeys.

During the First World War he became head of the munitions establishment at Maribyrnong. After the war he remained in munitions, becoming secretary of the Operational Safety Committee of the Australian Department of Munitions Supply. He retired in 1950 and died on 26 September 1966.


The collection is split into two sub-fonds, covering the expedition and correspondence with Mill 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 The Polar Record (January 1967) volume 13, number 85, p492 and 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John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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.

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

Material created by and relating to Andrew Keith Jack can also be found amongst the Joseph Russell Stenhouse collection, MS 1590.