British and Foreign State Papers collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of papers relating to sealing

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers comprise of material relating to sealing from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.

These copies were collected together in the period 1946-1956. They include all the relevant documents in British and Foreign State Papers up to volume 137 except volume 79 p1240, volume 81 p1072, volume 82 p202, volume 83 p306, volume 84 p453, volume 86 p184, 258 and 272, volume 89 p776. Those lacking from volumes 79-84 comprise correspondence between Great Britain and the United States relating to the Bering Sea.

This collection although comprehensive is by no means complete

Includes acts, laws, ordinances, proclamations, orders in council, treaties etc of the government of Great Britain, Norway, Chile, Russia, Falkland Island Dependencies, Finland and Denmark


The collection is arranged chronologically

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 Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University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