The collection comprises of material relating to the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader George Strong Nares) and correspondence by Fulford
Reginald Fulford collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Reginald Fulford
- Dates of Creation1875-1876
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (167 leaves) correspondence (8 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Reginald Baldwin Fulford was born in 1851. He entered the Royal Navy in 1864, later serving off the west coast of Africa between 1865 and 1866 and on the North America and West Indies Stations between 1867 and 1869. Following service in the Mediterranean, he was promoted lieutenant in August 1874. The following year, he was appointed fourth lieutenant in HMS Discovery on the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader George Strong Nares), sent by the Admiralty to attempt to reach the North Pole by way of Smith Sound and to explore the coasts of Greenland and adjacent lands. Although the attempt to reach the North Pole was unsuccessful, the expedition made some geographical discoveries and returned with a large quantity of scientific data. He died in 1886.
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of expedition material and correspondence respectively
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and British polar exploration and research a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A L Myres, Savannah Publications London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737. National Archives
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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