Cherry-Garrard, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 505/2;D Notes of lectures given during first winter [Scott on plans for the polar journey, Oates on horses, Bowers on history of polar regions and others] 30 leaves, holograph
  • MS 559/18/1-4;BJ Diaries (4), 15 June 1910 to 9 March 1913 [Volume I 15 June 1910 to 26 June 1911, volume II 27 June 1911 to 18 February 1912, volume III 19 February to 11 October 1912, volume IV 12 October 1912 to 9 March 1913] Copies, 4 volumes, typescript
  • MS 559/1;BJ Journal, 17 June to 28 October 1910 [Kept on board Terra Nova] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 599/2;BJ Diary, 30 November 1910 to 11 October 1911 [On board Terra Nova, 30 November 1910 to 23 January 1911 and at Cape Evans, 23 April to 26 June and 2 August to 20 October 1911] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 599/3;BJ Diary, 24 January to 22 April 1911 [Depot journey] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 599/6;BJ Diary, 27 June to 1 August 1911 [Winter journey to Cape Crozier] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 599/5;BJ Diary, 3 November 1911 to 28 January 1912 [Southern journey] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/7;BJ Diary, 24 February to 24 April [1912] [The volume is a 'Rough zoological book' with observations and a 'Copy of Edward Leicester Atkinson' diary of Western Trip'] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 795/3;BJ Meteorological observations, [26 February to 1 April] 1912 [Taken on the Barrier and at Hut Point by dog party to meet Captain Scott] 1 volume]
  • MS 559/12/1-3;BJ Official Diaries (3) 16 March 1912 to 12 October 1912 [Volume I 16 March to 19 August including notes on gear, volume II 20 August to 12 October, volume III list of papers received. Kept at request of Edward Leicester Atkinson] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 599/8;BJ Diary, 25 April to 31 October 1912 [Kept 25 April to 1 May then 18 to 21 September, 10 to 31 October with copy of Edward Leicester Atkinson's diary, 14 to 19 October inserted] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/9;BJ Diary, 27 September to 9 October 1912 [Cape Evans] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 599/4;BJ Diary, 23 October to 26 September 1912 [Cape Evans, 23 to 30 October 1911, 29 January to 22 February 1912 and 2 May to 26 September 1912] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/158;D List of mules and their loads, 29 October 1912 [At Hut Point, preparations for the journey in search of the Polar Party] 7 leaves, holograph
  • MS 559/10;BJ Diary, 2 November 1912 to 13 January 1913 [Search for pole party, 2 to 25 November 1912 and Cape Evans and Cape Royds, 26 November 1912 to 13 January 1913. At end are notes on fate of the Pole Party] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/13;BJ List, [1912-1913] [Gear belonging to the Pole Party and notes about disposal of their belongings] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/14;BJ Sledging note book, 1912 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/15;BJ Zoological note book, 1912 ['Embryos at Cape Royds'] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/11;BJ Diary, 16 January to 15 March 1913 [Cape Evans and return to New Zealand, sledge notes at front] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/51;D List of articles, 14 February 1913 [Formerly property of Edward Adrian Wilson and to be given to Mrs Oriana Wilson] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 559/16;BJ Sketch book, undated [Ink, pencil, wash and watercolour] 1 volume
  • MS 559/17;BJ Notebook, undated [Suggestions for the official history of the expedition] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 559/159;D Notes on killing of live animals on Macquarie Island, undated [For a possible newspaper article] 3 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. Edward Adrian Wilson, Henry Robertson Bowers and Apsley Cherry-Garrard travelled to the emperor penguin rookeries at Cape Crozier during the winter of 1911 to collect embryos. A second group led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911. A northern party led by Victor Campbell established a base at Cape Adare from whence they conducted scientific programmes. The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his four companions (Henry Robertson Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Edward Grace Oates and Edward Adrian Wilson) perished during the return journey.



Alternative Form Available

MS 795/3;BJ is a copy

Related Material

See SPRI collection GB 15 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for a fuller list of archival collections held by the Institute containing material relating to this expedition.

Additional Information

  • MS 795/3;MJ Original in Meteorological Office

Geographical Names