Algernon Freeman-Mitford collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence to the Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott regarding non polar matters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Algernon Betram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale was born in 1837 in London. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church College, Oxford. In 1858, he joined the Foreign Office, serving in Russia, China and Japan until his resignation in 1873. The following year, he was appointed secretary to the Board of Works, a position he held until 1886. Between 1892 and 1895 he served as Member of Parliament for the Stratford-on-Avon division of Warwickshire. His numerous publications include Tales of Old Japan (1871), The Bamboo Garden (1896) and The Attach at Peking (1900). In 1902, he was created first Baron Redesdale and died in 1916 at Batsford.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Dictionary of National Biography, 1912-1921, Oxford University Press, London (1927)

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.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

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Further accessions possible.