Eric Stewart Marshall collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton) and correspondence by Marshall.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Stewart Marshall was born in 1897, he was educated at Cambridge University and studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. After graduating in 1906, he joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton), as medical officer and cartographer with the shore party. Taking part in the sledging operations, he was one of the Southern Party, led by Shackleton that reached 88.38° south, some 180km from the South Pole. During the return journey, Marshall saved the lives of the party by struggling on to a food depot when the others were too exhausted to move. Between 1909-1911, he was medical officer on a British Expedition to New Guinea. He served with distinction in the First World War, later farming in Kenya. Retiring to the Isle of Wight, he died on 26 February 1963.


The collection is split into two sub-fonds, covering expedition material and correspondence respectively.

Access Information

By appointment.

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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 signs the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record (September 1963) volume 11 number 75 p793 and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Clive Holland Arctic, exploration and development c.500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia Garland Publishing, London (1994) ISBN number 0824076486

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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