Gifford, British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876

Scope and Content

  • MS 376/5;MSM Map, 1875-1876 [Coast of northern Ellesmere Island] 1 sheet
  • MS 41-44;BJ Journals (4), 15 April 1875 to 12 September 1875, 4 volumes, holograph
  • MS 376/1;SL Log book, 1 June to 12 October 1875 [HMS Alert] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 376/6;BJ Log book, 8 June 1875 to 20 March 1876 [Meteorological and kindred observations] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 376/4/1-6;MSM Sketch maps, April to May 1876 [Northern Ellesmere Island] 6 sheets
  • MS 376/2/1;BJ Sledging journal, 3 April to 24 May 1876 [Including introductory notes on survey, provisions etc] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 376/2/2;BJ Fair copy of MS 376/2/1;BJ with additions, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 376/2/3;BJ Sledging journal, 7 to 12 May 1876 [Fair copy] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1036;D Record left at Ellesmere Island, 14 May 1876, typescript and photograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader Sir George Strong Nares) was sent by the Admiralty for an attempt on the North Pole by Smith Sound and to explore the coasts of Greenland and adjacent lands. Sailing from Portsmouth in two ships, HMS Alert and HMS Discovery (Henry Stephenson) the expedition was unsuccessful in its attempt to reach the pole. Geographical discoveries were made and the ships returned with a large quantity of scientific data



Alternative Form Available

The record from Ellesmere Island is a copy

Related Material

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.

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collections GB 15 British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 for a full list

Location of Originals

The original record is held by the Public Archives of Canada (1982)