Rae, papers

Scope and Content

  • MS 787/1;D Autobiography, 1813 to 15 April 1854, 802 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/2;D Headings for chapters 1 to 27 of autobiography, 20 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/3;D Revised draft of Narrative of an expedition to the shores of the Arctic sea in 1846 and 1847 [Pages 1 to 5 only] 20 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/6/1-2;D Remarks on the Annual Address of the President of the American Geographical Society, 28 May 1878, 11 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/7;D Review of C F Hall's portion of the Narrative of the North Polar Expedition, US ship Polaris, 23 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/8;D Notebook, undated [Containing journal notes from British Overland Franklin Search Expedition, 1847-1849 (leader Sir John Richardson)] 55 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/9/1-2;D Lists (2), 1846 to 1854 [Details of provisions used on Arctic expeditions, 1846-1847, 1848-1849 and 1853-1854] 6 leaves, holograph
  • MS 787/10;D Paper, 13 November 1854 [Brief account of return from Shepherd Bay read to the Geographical Society] 3 leaves, holograph (incomplete)
  • MS 787/11;D Paper, undated [Mean temperatures recorded at Melville Island, Port Barrow, Wolstenholme Sound and Repulse Bay and Fort Confidence] holograph
  • MS 787/12/1-2;D Lectures (2), undated [The best route by which to reach a high northern latitude or the pole itself and one untitled] 4 leaves, holograph (incomplete)
  • MS 787/13;D Paper, undated [Where did the Eskimos come from] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 809;D Paper, undated [On certain phenomena observed on the Arctic coast] 12 leaves, holograph (photocopy)
  • MS 829;D Paper, undated [On the construction of a snow hut] 4 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 921;D Will and testament, signed 14 November 1888, proved 9 March 1894, 5 leaves, photostat

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers include drafts of Narrative of an expedition to the shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847, lectures on Arctic travel, notebook from the British Overland and Franklin Search Expedition, 1847-1849 (leader John Richardson), lists from Arctic expeditions including the British Exploring and Franklin Search Expedition, 1853-1844 [Hudson's Bay Co] (led by Rae) and personal papers including an autobiography and will.


The papers are arranged in the order they were deposited at the Institute.

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to the search for Sir John Franklin and the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 including those in which Rae was involved.

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