The Daily Mirror collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of an article regarding the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Weddell Sea Party] 1916-1917 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Daily Mirror was launched in 1903 by the journalist and newspaper proprietor, Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, later Viscount Northcliffe (1865-1922), as a newspaper 'for gentlewomen', employing mainly female editorial staff. The following year, Henry Hamilton Fyfe was appointed editor to improve the newspaper's circulation and he introduced photo-journalism, publishing pictures of the Royal Family in 1904 and King Edward VII lying in state in 1910. In 1914, Alfred Harmsworth sold the Daily Mirror to his brother Harold, Lord Rothermere, who later sold his shares in the newspaper in 1931. Under the editorial directorship of Harry Guy Bartholomew, the Daily Mirror became a tabloid newspaper during the 1930s, adopting an anti-establishment tone and employing left-wing journalists such as Hugh Cudlipp. The Daily Mirror became one of Britain's most popular newspapers, selling a record-breaking seven million copies on Coronation Day in 1953.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Trinity Mirror and Dictionary of National Biography, 1922-1930, Oxford University Press, London (1937) and Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940, Oxford University Press, London (1950)

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.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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Further accessions possible.