Markham, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 559/92;D Letter to Edward Atkinson, 20 April 1913 [Relates to arrangements for the publication of the scientific reports, maps and charts of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 1 leaf, typed copy
  • MS 441/9/1-42;D Letters (42) to Robert Brown of Campster, London 1872 to 1894 [Covering many topics including, the Royal Geographical Society, Hakluyt Society, various Arctic expeditions including the British, 1875-1876 and International Polar Year, 1881-1882, Markham's own activities and interests] 43 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1160/17;MJ Letter to Mrs Rose Campbell (sister of Robert Falcon Scott), London 6 August 1913 [Regarding Sir Robert Chambers] holograph, microfilm
  • MS 1464/9/1-2;D Letters (2) to Mrs Rose Campbell, 6 and 17 August 1913 [Various minor matters] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1348/1/1-22;D Letters (22) to William Colbeck, 26 September 1901 to 9 March 1905 [Informing him of his appointment as commander of the Morning, British Relief Expedition, discussing arrangements and instructions for the voyage, congratulating Colbeck on his conduct of the voyage] 24 leaves, holograph
  • MS 761/8/3-4;D Letters (2) to William Colbeck, 23 July an 23 August 1903 [Regarding despatching a relief expedition to the Antarctic] 14 leaves, typed copies (Xerox)
  • MS 11;D Letter to the Daily Mail [19--] [Never published]
  • MS 367/13/1-3;D Letters (3) to Leonard Darwin, April 1909, 5 September 1909, 11 May 1910 [Various matters regarding expeditions of Scott and Shackleton] typescript (Copies)
  • MS 1342/2/1-3;D Letters (3) to George Egerton, 10, 18 and 25 May 1900 [Regarding support for the appointment of Scott and Charles Royds to the British National Antarctic Expedition] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1368/11/1-4;D Letters (4) to or concerning H.T. Ferrar, 22 July 1901 to 21 August 1910 [Copy of a letter signed by Markham and William Huggins, appointing Ferrar to the British National Antarctic Expedition, on Ferrer's geological works in the Antarctic, testimonial regarding Ferrar's work in the Antarctic, praise of his work on the expedition] 4 leaves, holograph and 1 copy
  • MS 301/19/1-3;D Letters (3) to Benjamin Leigh Smith, 17 November 1880 to 18 January 1881 and 11 April 18881 [Regarding the paper he has written from Grant's journal, reports on the paper given to the Society on Leigh Smith's explorations, congratulations on the award of the Gold Medal of the Geographical Society in recognition of Arctic discoveries] 3 leaves, autograph
  • MS 100/70/1-9;D Letters (9) to Hugh Robert Mill, 1898 to 1904 [First regarding Borchgrevink and his ship, remainder concerned with scientific work on British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 11 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1584/3;D Letter to Professor James Orton [1875] [Written on his return from Greenland, supporting Orton's proposed expedition to the Beri] photocopy
  • MS 438/22;D Letter to Edward Archibald Parry, 9 July 1900 [Regarding Scott's appointment to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 356/70;D Letter to Robert Neal Rudmose Brown, London, 28 November 1900 [Markham's support for Rudmose Brown to join the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 559/90;D Letter to Kathleen Scott, 25 January 1911 [From Lisbon, in reply to her letter about the Terra Nova in New Zealand, remarks on members of the expedition, Shackleton and Sven Hedin] 1 leaf, ink, autograph
  • MS 8;D Letters (18) to Kathleen Scott, 24 November 1911 to 13 January 1915 (including 8 undated) [Mainly about her husband, the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 and memorial following his death] 18 leaves, holograph
  • MS 366/15;BJ Letters (40) to Robert Falcon Scott, 23 June 1899 to 4 June 1904 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 5 items 25-64] autograph
  • MS 761/8/5;D Letter to Robert Falcon Scott, 9 October 1903 [Official letter from the President of the Council of the Royal Society commenting on Scott's progress to date] 7 leaves, (Xerox of typed copy)
  • MS 10;D Letters (10) to Robert Falcon Scott, 26 December 1904 to 12 February 1913 [Various topics including Shackleton, little directly concerned with Scott's expeditions] 19 leaves, holograph
  • MS 342/24/1-5;D Letters (5) to Reginald Skelton and his mother, 9 May 1903 to 22 February 1914 [First 2 letters, May 1903 to Mrs Skelton regarding the arrival of a letter from her son in the Antarctic, the third letter 23 July 1911 mentions the expeditions of de Gerlache, Charcot, Mawson and Shackleton. Letter 4, 15 February 1913 regarding the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, the final letter 22 February 1914 relates general polar matters]
  • MS 773;D Letter to Mrs Reginald Skelton, 24 June 1904 [Giving news of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 559/91/1-7;D Letters (7) to Reginald John Smith, 3 November 1910 to 11 May 1913 [Regarding Amundsen, Shackleton and Daily Mail, publication of results from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 8 leaves, autograph
  • MS 841/7/1-2;D Letters (2) to Reginald Smith, 1913 [Regarding Captain Lyons' being appointed editor of the scientific results of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913]
  • MS 328/1;D Letter to Edward Adrian Wilson, 25 September [19--] [Taken from Wilson's scrap book] holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

Correspondence by Markham primarily on the organising, progress and results of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and the relief expeditions which were sent to Discovery in McMurdo Sound. Some of the letters are written by Markham in his capacity as President of the Royal Geographical Society others are personal letters.

Later correspondence relates to the publication of the scientific results of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), while earlier correspondence covers Arctic exploration.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Alternative Form Available

MS 761/8/3-4;D Originals in Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (1982).

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections, which contain correspondence with Markham these include William Speirs Bruce, Hugh Robert Mill, Robert Falcon Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson.

Location of Originals

MS 761/8/3-4;D is a copy.