Charles Sarolea collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Sarolea to the Antarctic explorer Ernest Henry Shackleton.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Sarolea was born on 25 October 1870 in Tongres, Belgium. He was educated at the Royal Athne, Hasselt, and Lige University, graduating with a degree in classics and philosophy and a doctorate. In 1894, he was appointed lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, later becoming professor of French literature and head of the French and Romance Department, a post he held until 1931. In 1901, he served as the first Belgian consul-general for Edinburgh. Sarolea was the founder-editor and proprietor of the journal Everyman (1912-1917) and founder-chairman of the French publishing firm Georges Cres and Co. He was the author of numerous publications, including political histories and biographies of writers such as Victor Hugo (1911) and Tolstoy (1912). He died on 11 March 1953.


The correspondence to Shackleton arranged chronologically.

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Who was who, 1951-1960 Adam & Charles Black London (1961)

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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