Priestley, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 559/168/1-2;D Letter and postcard to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 1916 [Personal news] 2 leaves
  • MS 280/25;D Letter to Frank Debenham, 4 September 1911 [Northern Party' experiences during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 1 leaf, autograph typescript
  • MS 1368/12;D Letter to Hartley Travers Ferrar, 28 January 1914 [regarding their geological work in Antarctica] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 100/93/1-6;D Letters (6) to Hugh Robert Mill, 1922-1940 [Various topics including impression of Shackleton] 7 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1418/8;D Letters (3) to Hugh Robert Mill, 1927-1938 [Various matters] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1317/5;D Letter to Caroline Oates (Mother of Lawrence), 7 March 1915 [Regarding his (Priestley's) book Antarctic Adventure] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1097/43;D Letters (8) to Bert Priestley (eldest brother), 1910-1914 [Written from Australia, Antarctica and Cambridge] 21 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 929;D Letter to J E Priestley (father), 1 to 15 January 1908 [Diary letter describing rough passage onboard Nimrod from New Zealand to Southern ocean and meteorological work] 11 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1097/42;D Copy of MS 929;D
  • MS 993/1-2;D Correspondence (2 letters) with Brian Roberts, 6 and 16 April 1972 [Regarding advance in photographic technique between British National Antarctic Expedition,1901-1904 and British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909] 8 leaves, carbon copy and Xerox
  • MS 855;D Letter to Charles Swithinbank, 27 May 1969 [Describing photograph of himself and Dr L M Gould taken 1936] 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 1186;D Letter to Edward T Wilson [Father of Edward Adrian Wilson], 4 December 1913 [Regarding a lecture on the Northern Party (British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913)] 2 leaves, autograph, typescript
  • MS 1097/44;D Miscellaneous correspondence, 1932-1971 [Primarily letters received some copies of outward letters] circa 100 letters

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence covers letters written during Priestley's participation in Antarctic Expeditions (1907-1959) and letters to fellow expedition members and their families written after the expeditions. There is also a collection of miscellaneous correspondence including letters received by Priestley from various people.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.