Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of general correspondence by Hattersley-Smith and papers relating to Ellesmere Island

Administrative / Biographical History

Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith was born in 1923 in London. He was educated at Winchester School and read geology at New College, Oxford. After graduating in 1948, he took an appointment with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, and in 1950, joined the Arctic Section of the Defence Research Board of Canada. Between 1953 and 1954, he organized and led the Canadian United States Ellesmere Ice Shelf investigations, returning to Oxford in 1955 to write his doctorate thesis. He was a member of Operations Hazen (1957-1961) and Tanquary (1962-1970), organized by the Defence Research Board of Canada in the International Geophysical Year and following years to conduct scientific investigations in northern Ellesmere Island. He has written numerous papers on the glaciology and geomorphology of northern Ellesmere Island, and is the leading authority on the origin and history of place-names in the Antarctic Peninsula region.

Published work North of latitude eighty, the Defence Research Board in Ellesmere Island by Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith, Defence Research Board Ottawa (1974) SPRI Library Shelf (464.2)91(091) The history of place-names in the British Antarctic Territory by Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith, British Antarctic Survey Scientific Reports (1991) SPRI Library Shelf Periodical (7)801.311


The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of correspondence and papers respectively

Conditions Governing Access

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 Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and Ice number 18 August 1965 p12

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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