Desborough, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 1537/2/30/14;D Letter to Ernest Shackleton, 4 May 1914 [Declining to subscribe to new expedition]

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the fundraising efforts undertaken by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916.

This expedition aimed to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea via the South Pole. When the expedition ship Endurance was crushed in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea his goal was abandoned.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, including extensive collections for Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. See SPRI collection GB 015 Imperial trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Weddell Sea Party] 1914-1916, and Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917 for more information.