The collection comprises of correspondence by Cyriax and papers regarding the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin)
Richard Cyriax collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Richard Cyriax
- Dates of Creation1937-1944
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (3 leaves) Papers (41 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Richard Julius Cyriax was born in 1885 in Canonbury. He was educated at University College School, University College London and St Mary's Hospital, graduating in 1908 and qualifying as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians with the department of Public Health in 1917. In 1920, he entered the public health service as assistant tuberculosis officer for the Warwickshire and Coventry Joint Committee for Tuberculosis in Nuneaton, later moving to Leamington Spa. Interested from an early age in the ill-fated British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin), Cyriax became a leading authority on the subject, publishing his book Sir John Franklin's last expedition; a chapter in the history of the Royal Navy in 1939. Retiring as tuberculosis officer of the South Warwickshire Hospital Group in 1951, he died on 16 January 1967 at Leamington Spa.
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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) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and 'Richard Julius Cyriax' by A G E Jones in The Geographical Journal volume 133 part 2 (1967) p281-282
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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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