Donat LeBourdais collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of papers (including correspondence) relating to LeBourdais work on Stefansson and Wilkins

Administrative / Biographical History

Donat LeBourdais wrote a biography on the explorer Vilhjamur Stefansson (1879-1962) and collected papers on fellow explorer George Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958)


The collection is arranged as deposited at the Institute

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 and 'Vilhjalmur Stefansson' (1879-1962) by Richard S Finnie in Arctic volume 35 number 2 June 1982 p336-337 and Polar Record volume 11 number 73 January 1963 p513-514 and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and 'Sir George Hubert Wilkins' by Brian Roberts in The Polar Record (May 1959) volume 9 number 62 p489-491

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

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