Edward Thomas Wilson collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Wilson with members of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and his family.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Thomas Wilson was born in 1832. In 1859, he became a general practitioner and consultant in Cheltenham, pioneering modern medical practices such as the use of clean drinking water, isolation fever hospitals and district nurses. He was elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and served as president of the local Nature Science Society. He married Mary Agnes Whishaw. Their fifth child and second son, the Naturalist and Antarctic Explorer Edward Adrian, was born on 23 July 1872. Edward Thomas died in 1918.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Access Information

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The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Cheltenham in Antarctica; the life of Edward Wilson by David M. Wilson and D.B. Elder, Reardon Publishing, Cheltenham (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Wilson, E.A.]

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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