Nares, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 498;MJ Letter book, 24 February to 4 December 1876 [Kept during British Arctic Expedition, 1875-1876] microfilm
  • MS 1133/2-3;D Letters (2) to Lewis Beaumont, 20 April and 2 May 1876 [Sledging instructions] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 876/2;D Letter to W J Farquharson, 28 March 1882 [Instructions fro the planting of a cocoanut plantation on Castle Island, Bahamas] holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 376/3/1-2;D Letters (2) to G A Giffard, 3 and 23 April 1876 [Sledging instructions] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 876/1/1-11;D Letters (11) to William Henry and Maria Nares (father and sister), 1852 to [1857] [Regarding family matters, polar exploration, search for Sir John Franklin etc] holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1453/141/1-3;D Letters (3) to Robert Falcon Scott, 2 July 1901 to 10 September 1904 [Brief notes regarding his visit to Discovery before Scott's departure and congratulations on his return] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 366/15/71-72;ER Letters (2) to Robert Falcon Scott, 29 July 1901 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-9104 column 5, items 71-72]

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence covers Arctic and Antarctic expeditions from the mid nineteenth century to the start of the twentieth century.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient

Alternative Form Available

MS 498;MJ is a copy

Related Material

Correspondence by Nares can also be found amongst the Richardson-Voss collection held by the Institute (MS 1503/75/4;RV NARES G S Letter to Beatrice A Reynolds [Grateful or presents of her fathers Life] May 1875)

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material on the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin) and for the subsequent search expeditions sent to the Arctic. The Institute also holds extensive archival collections for Robert Falcon Scott and the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904

Location of Originals

MS 498;MJ Original in the Public Archives of Canada (1982)