Amundsen, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 101/10;D Letter to William Speirs Bruce, 18 October 1911 [Information on progress of Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912] 6 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912 (leader Roald Amundsen) was originally conceived as an expedition to the North Pole. Objectives were switched and the Fram sailed south. From their base on in the Bay of Whales, Amundsen, Olav Olavsen Bjaaland, Helmer Julius Hanssen, Sverre Helge Hassel and Oscar Wisting became the first men to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911.

Related Material

See SPRI collections GB 015 Joseph James Kinsey for additional material regarding this expedition. See Also GB 015 Roald Amundsen for additional material on the expedition's leader.

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.