The collection comprises of correspondence by Mathieson to the polar explorer William Speirs Bruce.
John Mathieson collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 John Mathieson
- Dates of Creation1913
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (6 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Mathieson was born in 1855. In 1909, he served as chief surveyor on the Scottish scientific expedition to Svalbard (leader William Speirs Bruce). The expedition was sponsored partly by Prince Albert of Monaco to continue the survey of Prins Karls Forland begun by Bruce, and partly by the Scottish Spitsbergen Syndicate, to examine the company's mineral claims there and in the Isfjorden region. Mathieson led the surveying party on Prins Karls Forland, and during the summer completed Bruce's survey, leaving only some details for later verification or amendment. Bruce's map of Forland, based on these surveys, was published in 1913. He died in 1945.
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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 and Arctic exploration and development C 500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Anthony Holland, Garland Publishing Inc. New York (1994)
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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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