The collection comprises of correspondence by Vanhffen to the polar explorer William Speirs Bruce (leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904) regarding the German South Polar Expedition, 1901-1903 (leader Erich von Drygalski).
Ernst Vanhffen collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Ernst Vanhffen
- Dates of Creation1912
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (3 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Ernst Vanhffen was born in 1858 in Wehlau, East Prussia. After studding at Knigsberg university he travelled to Naples and Greenland. He was a member of the German Deep-Sea Expedition, 1898-1899 (leader Carl Chun). This was an oceanographic voyage to the Indian and Atlantic oceans. In 1901 he joined the German South Polar Expedition, 1901-1903 (leader Erich von Drygalski). As part of the scientific team he was responsible for the zoological and botanical programme.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 The Southern Ice-continent by Erich von Drygalski, translated by M M Raraty, Bluntisham Books, 1989 SPRI Library shelf (7)91(08)[1901-1903] and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7)
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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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