The collection comprises of material relating to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton) and correspondence by Harbord.
Arthur Edward Harbord collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Arthur Edward Harbord
- Dates of Creation1907-1986
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (1 volume) and correspondence (Circa 5 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Arthur Edward Harbord was born in Hull, England in 1883. Apprenticed to clipper ships at the age of twelve, Harbord received his Extra Masters Certificate at the age of twenty-two. In 1907, he was appointed to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton), as second officer and navigator on Nimrod, later becoming chief officer on the return journey. He received a Polar Medal for his part in the expedition.
After the expedition, he served in shipping lines until 1910 when he gained his commission as Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. His peacetime service was in the Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty, and he served in both World Wars. After retiring from the Navy he joined the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board and became Marine Surveyor and Water Bailiff to the port of Liverpool. He died on 11 October 1961.
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of expedition material and correspondence respectively.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record, (May 1966) volume 13 number 83 p218 and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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
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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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