Emily Shackleton collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Emily to family members and others connected with Antarctic exploration and an account of the royal visit to the Nimrod prior to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton).

Administrative / Biographical History

Emily Mary Shackleton (nee Dorman) was born in 1868, the second daughter of Charles Herbert Dorman and Janie Swinford. She met Ernest Henry Shackleton in 1897 on a visit to his sister, Kathleen, and married him in 1904. She gave birth to two sons, Raymond and Edward, and one daughter, Cecily. She was widowed when Ernest Shackleton died in South Georgia on 5 January 1922. She died in 1936.


The collection is split into three sub-fonds comprising of family correspondence, general correspondence and the Nimrod account.

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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 and Shackleton by Roland Huntford, Hodder and Stoughton, London (1985) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Shackleton, E.H] and James Caird Society

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 Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which depict Emily. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.