Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party]

Scope and Content

  • MS 1537/4/6/1;MSM South Polar chart published by the Admiralty, 1 June 1901 to show the sledging tracks on the ice and previous ships routes in the Ross Sea from 1841-1909, holograph
  • MS 1537/4/4/26;D Draft of the employment contract for crew of the Aurora, 1914, 2 leaves, typescript
  • MS 587/8/1-4;BJ Certificates, 27 August and 30 September 1914 [Examination by National Physical Laboratory, Teddington of one spirit Fahrenheit thermometer and three centigrade deep sea turnover thermometers]
  • MS 1537/4/5/1;D An agreement to be made accessible to the crew of the Aurora, 10 December 1914, 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1537/4/4/28/2;D Invitation to Mrs Adams, 1914 [To attend tea on board Aurora in Sydney] 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 1537/4/4/21;D Sledging Programme 1915 to 1916 [Includes depots, provisions, weights, stores] 3 leaves, holograph, fragile
  • MS 1537/4/6/2-3;MSM Chart, 26 January 1915 to 25 March 1915 [Showing sledging route and camps and a log of the sledging parties giving bearings, distance, course, sledge meter and remarks] holograph
  • MS 587/1/1-2BJ Notebooks (2), 25 March 1915 to 8 January 1917 [Atmospheric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, cloud, wind, snow, drift] 2 volumes
  • MS 1537/4/4/5;D Envelope dated 15 December 1915 [Addressed Imperial-Trans Antarctic Expedition at Cape Evans] 1 leaf
  • MS 1537/4/4/14;D List of stores at Cape Evans, 19 April 1916, 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 587/5;BJ Register, 26 March to 8 January 1917 [Meteorological observations, Cape Evans] 1 volume
  • MS 582/2;BJ General notes, undated [Aurora occurrence, temperature comparison, sledging results, sea temperature, tides] 1 volume
  • MS 587/3;BJ General notes, 1915 to 1916 [Aurora, sea temperature, tide observations, temperature comparisons] 1 volume
  • MS 587/4;BJ Notebook, April to November 1915 [Graphs showing pressure, temperature and wind] 1 volume
  • MS 587/6 Outsize Observational data, March 1915 to January 1917 [Barograms, thermograms, hydrograms, anemograms, all from Cape Evans, Ross Island] 1 bundle
  • MS 587/7/1-9;Outsize Observations, 1915 to 1916 [Earth temperature, sea water, temperature comparisons, evaporation from ice breaks, tidal observations, cloud formations]
  • MS 586/3;ER Notebook, 1915 to 1917 [Weather observations, Cape Evans] 1 volume
  • MS 1537/4/4/5/1;D Note from Shackleton Relief Party giving directions to Cape Evans, 2 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection covers employment contracts, charts of the region, proposed sledging programmes and other ephemera.



Related Material

The Institute hold several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition including collections for the following expedition members. GB 015 John Lachlan Cope, GB 015 John King Davis, GB 015 Andrew Keith Jack, GB 015 Æneas Mackintosh, GB 015 Richard Walter Richards, GB 015 Joseph Stenhouse, GB 015 Henry Ernest Wild, GB 015 Reverend Arnold Spencer-Smith, GB 015 Leslie Thompson, GB 015 Alexander Stevens, GB 015 James Paton, GB 015 Ernest Joyce and GB 015 Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.