Leon Amundsen collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Amundsen regarding the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912 (leader Roald Amundsen).

Administrative / Biographical History

Leon Henry Benham Amundsen was born near Oslo in Norway in September 1870, the brother of Roald Amundsen. He acted as expedition secretary and business manager for his brother for much of his life. In October 1910, he sent a telegram from Madeira to Robert Falcon Scott, bound for the South Pole on the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, informing him of his brother's decision to proceed to the Antarctic.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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 signs the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 and South pole.com and Roald Amundsen - en biografi (Norwegian) by Tor Bomann-Larsen, Cappelen Oslo (1995) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Amundsen, R.]

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.

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Further accessions possible.

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