The collection relates to the British Arctic Expedition , 1875-1876 (leader Sir George Strong Nares), the British Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and the subsequent British Relief Expeditions, 1902-1903 and 1903-1904 sent to Discovery in McMurdo Sound.
Pelham Aldrich collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Pelham Aldrich
- Dates of Creation1875 - 1904
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence, journals, scrapbooks, charts.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Pelham Aldrich was born in 1844. He joined the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876 (leader Sir George Strong Nares) as First Lieutenant on the HMS Alert. He led the Western ('Challenger sledge') party, making important discoveries along the north coast of Ellesmere Island including Cape Aldrich and Cape Columbia, its northernmost point. He died on 12 November 1930.
For the purpose of this guide the collection is split into three sub-fonds, the Arctic expedition, the Antarctic expedition, and the relief expeditions to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904. Material within each sub-fond is arranged chronologically.
Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.
Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record, (July 1931) volume 1 number 2 p39 and Clive Holland Arctic Exploration and Development, 500bc to 1915, an encyclopaedia Garland Publishing, London (1994)
Other Finding Aids
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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