Priestley, United States Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 510/2/1-4;BJ Journals, (4), 10 November 1958 to 2 August 1959 [As British observer] 4 volumes, holograph
  • MS 504;BJ Antarctic diary, 15 December 1958 to 13 February 1959, 1 volume, typescript (duplicated)
  • MS 1097/5;BJ Antarctic diary, 15 December 1958 to 13 February 1959 [Including text of a lecture 'Antarctic explorers today and yesterday', photographs and correspondence] 1 volume, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

From 1955 onwards the United States mounted annual Antarctic expeditions. The naval component of the programme was known as Operation Deep Freeze. Priestley, acting as a British observer, sailed on board USS Staten Island under the command of Henry Davidson. This ship visited Cape Adare and Ross Island during the 1958-1959 season.


The material is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material on these annual expeditions. For a fuller list see GB 015 United States Antarctic Expeditions, [Operation Deep Freeze], 1955-1998

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