Michael Barr collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence with Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Barr and others regarding the penguin rookeries in Antarctica.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michel de Vaisseau Barr was leader of the French Expedition, 1950-1951, to the Antarctic. The expedition ship, Commandant Charcot, relieved the station at Port-Martin in Terre Adeli before making Hydrographic observations in the vicinity and a coastal reconnaissance westwards to longitude 138° East. The expedition visited Macquarie Island and Campbell Island in February. During the 1951 winter, the scientific work at Port-Martin was extended, particularly geophysics and biology, and the sledging programme was continued. Barr was appointed Chef de District de Dependances de Madagascar.

Published work 'Les voyages du navire Commandant Charcot' (French) by Michel Barr in J B Charcot et la continuit des missions polaires franaise by Francois Bergez and others, Group Rhone-Alpes de l'Union franaise de Philatelie Polaire Macon France (1996) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Charcot, J B] and 'Deuxieme expedition - 1951' (French) in France, Direction de la documentation, Explorations outre mer a travers l'Union franaise. Paris, La Documentation Franaise [1952].


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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

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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