Scott, papers

Scope and Content

  • MS 1302/2;D Note on the social order, possibly copied from a publication, undated, unsigned, holograph
  • MS 1453/22;D Naval documents, 1881-1912 [Including examination certificates, commissions, service record] 30 leaves, printed, handwritten and typescript
  • MS 1464/1;BJ Journal and remark book, 1 to 13 August 1887 [Covering course, weather etc of Rover and account of Naval exercise. The first part may be in Scott's hand the second part is clearly not and appears unconnected to him] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1160/3;MJ Fragment of a journal, undated [1889-1891] [Probably kept on board Amphion] microfilm
  • MS 1160/4;MJ Fragment of a journal, undated [late 1880s] microfilm
  • MS 1464/2;BJ Official Log book and journal, 1 September to 30 November 1890 [Kept on board Amphion] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1453/1/2;BJ Note book of lecture notes, 1891 [Compiled while at torpedo training school, Portsmouth] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1453/8/1-2;BJ Notebooks (2), 1891 [Torpedo training school, Portsmouth] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 1464/31;BPC Albums (2), 1900 to 1913 [British National Antarctic Expedition, British Antarctic Expedition] 2 volumes
  • MS 1453/23;D Miscellaneous notes [Written during non-polar Naval service, including night attack exercise, 1894, air flying machines in Naval warfare, motor development in men of war, 1896] 2 volumes, holograph and printed
  • MS 1537/2/55;D Articles written for The South Polar Times, April to May 1902 [Volume 1]
  • MS 1453/25;D Honours and awards received, 1906-1908 [Includes Royal Yacht Squadron, 1906 honorary membership, letter forwarding Diploma of the Colonial Exhibition of Marseilles, letter concerning honorary membership of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society, letter forwarding gold medal of British Geographical Society, Invitation to join honorary committee of the 9th International Geographical Congress] 7 leaves, typescript and printed
  • MS 1453/6;BJ Note book, 1907 [Containing preliminary plans for sledging to the South Pole] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1453/9;BJ Note book 'Commander Albemarle', undated [Scott commanded Albemarle January to August 1907, the book contains sketch plans and particulars of the ship] 1 volume, handwritten but not by Scott
  • MS 1453/166;D Letters (11) addressed to Robert Falcon Scott regarding the death of Lieutenant R L Pennington, 23 July-24 August 1907 [Pennington committed suicide when serving on Scott's ship Albemarle] 14 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 342/30;D The sledging problem in the Antarctic, men versus motors [1908] [Argues in favour of using motor vehicles and of attempting to reach pole by motor, refers to experiences on British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 18 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1453/37;BPC Album of press cuttings covering Scott's wedding to Kathleen Bruce on 2 September 1908, 1 volume
  • MS 1453/41;BPC Album of press cuttings regarding Scott, 1911-1938 [Including British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 and aftermath, subsequent erection of memorials (including SPRI), production of films, plays, book, etc.] 1 volume
  • MS 1464/22;D Miscellaneous writings, 1910 [Including 3 poems and dates of arrivals and departures] 4 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers relate to Scott's naval career including his training on torpedo ships, the two Antarctic expeditions, 1901-1904 and 1910-1913, and miscellaneous papers.


The material is arranged chronologically.

Alternative Form Available

MS 1160/3;MJ MS 1160/4;MJ are copies.

Location of Originals

MS 1106/3;D Originals in Mitchell Library, part of State Library New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. (1982)