Sarah Parry collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Sarah to her children.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sarah Parry (nee Rigby) was born in 1749, the daughter of John Rigby who ran a hostel for the students of the Dissenter's Academy in Warrington, which Caleb Hillier Parry attended between 1770 and 1773. In 1778, she married Parry and they settled in Bath where Parry established a successful medical practice. They had nine children and their youngest son, William Edward Parry, the Arctic explorer, was born in 1790. She was widowed in 1822 and died in December 1831.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

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 Parry of the Arctic, the life story of Admiral Sir Edward Parry 1790-1855 by Ann Parry, Chatto & Windus, London (1963) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Parry, W.E.] and Dictionary of National Biography volume 43, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1895) and

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.

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Further accessions possible.

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections for the Parry family.


Personal Names