The collection comprises of correspondence by Aagaard and papers written by him.
Bjarne Aagaard collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Bjarne Aagaard
- Dates of Creation1911-1949
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (126 leaves) and papers (2 leaves, 1 chart)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Bjarne Aagaard was born in 1873 at Sandjeford, Norway. At the age of fifteen he went to sea, visiting North and South America before entering a shipping office in Glasgow. By 1892, he had become manager of the firm's branch in Greenock and the following year he moved to Hamburg where he started his own shipping office in 1898. At the request of the Norwegian shipping lines, Aagaard established a successful firm in Hong Kong in 1904, with branches in Kobe and Yokohama. After travelling extensively in the East and South America, he formed a company in 1914 to exploit mineral springs at Larvik, where he became Swedish consul in 1920.
On his retirement in 1925, Aagaard settled at Stavern in Norway and wrote numerous articles and books on Antarctic history and whaling. He devoted himself to defending Norwegian interests in Antarctica, influencing both popular and political opinion towards Norway's annexation of Bouvetøya, Peter I Oy and Dronning Maud Land. His most scholarly work, Fangst og forskning i Sydishavet, a four-volume study of whaling and exploration in the Southern Ocean containing a bibliography of approximately 8000 entries, was published between 1930 and 1950. He died on 29 September 1956.
Published work, Fangst og forskning i Sydishavet by Bjarne Aagaard, Gyldendal, Oslo (1930-1934) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(091)
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of correspondence and papers respectively.
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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 The Polar Record (May 1957) volume 8 number 56 p465 and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7)
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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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