Albrecht Penck collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence some of which relates to the German Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1912 (leader Wilhelm Filchner).

Administrative / Biographical History

Albrecht Penck was born on 25 September 1858 in Reudnitz, near Leipzig. In 1885, he was appointed professor of geography at the University of Vienna, a post he held until 1906 when he was appointed professor of geography at the University of Berlin and director of the Institutes of Oceanology and Geography in Berlin. Penck specialized in geomorphology and climatology and was noted for his study of glaciation, his pioneering classification of landforms, and his work in the development of modern regional geography. As president of the Gesellschaft fur Erdkunde in Berlin, Penck was approached by Filchner to approve his plan for the German South Polar Expedition, 1911-1912 (leader Wilhelm Filchner). Penck died in Prague on 7 March 1945.

Published work, Die Alpen im Eiszeitalter (German) by Albrecht Penck, Chr. Herm. Tauchnitz Leipzig (1909) SPRI Library Shelf (234.3) 551.336


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Access Information

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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 To the sixth continent. The second German South Polar Expedition, 1911-1913 by Wilhelm Filchner translated by William Barr, Bluntisham Books, Huntingdon (1994) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1911-1912 Filchner] and and Aeiou and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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.

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