Ponting, correspondence

Scope and Content


  • MS 559/102/1-5;D Letters (5) to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 14 June 1913 to 25 December 1919 [Regarding copyright of negatives of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 and publications] 11 leaves, typescript, autograph
  • MS 873/2/14;WJ Letters (2) to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 23 December 1919 to 20 September 1920 [Regarding The worst journey in the world] 3 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1393/2;D Letter to H J Fenn, 5 December 1932 [Regarding film of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 1 leaf, typescript
  • MS 964/6;D Letters (5) to George and Jeanne Ford, 1923-1929 [Containing miscellaneous advertising leaflets and photographs associated with photographic devices which Ponting and Ford invented together] 29 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 964/7/1-37;D Letters (35) to James Gordon Hayes, 1930-1934 [Regarding current projects including sound version of British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 film and Hayes's work on polar history] 59 leaves, holograph an typescript
  • MS 964/8/1-17;D Letters (17) to Mrs Irving-Bell, 1930-1934 [General news] 28 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 842/1-2;D Letters (2) to Mrs Irving-Bell, 1934 [Regarding his film, Byrd expedition, Scott Polar Research Institute] 2 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1026;D Letter to Cecil Madden, 25 February 1930 [Regarding play Madden was in] 1 leaf, typescript
  • MS 964/9;D Letter to Mr and Mrs Ponting (parents), 18 February 1906 [Regarding his activities in India] 8 leaves, holograph
  • MS 964/10/1-8;D Correspondence (8 letters) with the Royal Geographical Society, 1914-1917 [Regarding Ponting's lectures and exhibitions on the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 9 leaves, typescript
  • MS 842/3;D Letter to W H Sanders, 1 August 1924 [Regarding Sanders's presentation of The Great White Silence] 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 15;D Letters (4) to Kathleen Scott, 7 February 1916 to 26 August 1918 [Regarding film of British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 10 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 964/11;D Letter to Robert Falcon Scott, 4 November 1912 [Regarding his affairs since returning from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 3 leaves, typescript
  • MS 964/12;D Letter to Edward Adrian Wilson, 27 October 1912 [Regarding his activities since the departure of the pole party and return to London] 8 leaves, holograph

Biographical material:

  • MS 964/13;D Certificates (6), [Birth (2) for Herbert his father Francis William, Death Herbert, Marriage Herbert to Ann Collard, Wills (2) Herbert and Francis William Ponting] 16 leaves

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates primarily to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and to Ponting's film of the expedition 90°South.

The certificates cover Ponting and his family.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Alternative Form Available

MS 964/7/12-37;D and MS 964/8/1-17;D are copies.

Additional Information

MS 964/7/12-37;D and MS 964/8/1-17;D Originals held by the Mitchell Library part of the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. (1982)