John Harvie-Brown collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Harvie-Brown to William Speirs Bruce regarding the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (led by Bruce)

Administrative / Biographical History

John Alexander Harvie-Brown was born in Scotland in 1844. He was educated at Merchiston Castle and the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. An ornithologist, he devoted much time to the study of bird migration, serving as a member of the British Association Committee on this subject. Harvie-Brown was also interested in the dispersal and geographical distribution of species, making study visits to northern Norway in 1871, the White Sea in 1872 and the Pechora Valley in 1875. He died in 1916.

Published work, Travels of a naturalist in northern Europe by John Alexander Harvie-Brown, T. Fisher Unwin London (1905) SPRI Library Shelf (50)598.2


The correspondence 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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Who was who, 1916-1928, Adam & Charles Black, London (1947)

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

Copyright restrictions apply to most material. The copyright may lie outside the Institute and, if so, it is necessary for the reader to seek appropriate permission to consult, copy, or publish any such material. (The Institute does not seek this permission on behalf of readers). Written permission to publish material subject to the Institute's copyright must be obtained from the Director. Details of conditions and fees may be had from the Archivist.


Further accessions possible.