Evans, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 1016/3/46-57;D Letters (12) to Mrs Caroline Oates, 1911-1912 [During and immediately after the expedition] holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). The expedition spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island, after successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.

Mrs Oates the recipient of the letters was the mother of Lawrence Oates. The correspondence relates primarily to the financial side of the expedition and the arrangements for the expedition members to receive mail from home during their time in Antarctica.



Related Material

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition including a collection for Caroline Oates and Lawrence Oates. See SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.