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This material is held atScott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Reference Number(s)GB 15 Robert Falcon Scott
Dates of Creation1889-1966
Name of CreatorRobert Falcon Scott and others
Language of Material English.
Physical Description Expedition material (35 volumes, 2 boxes, circa 600 leaves and 7 microfilms), correspondence (8 microfilm, 356 leaves) and papers (12 volumes, 1 box, circa 45 leaves and 2 microfilm)

Scope and Content

The extensive collection comprises of material relating to the two expeditions Scott led to the Antarctic (British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913) the relief expeditions sent to the first of those expeditions (1902-1903-1904), correspondence with his wife Kathleen parents (Hannah and John) other family members (sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces) a large amount of correspondence (regarding naval matters and Antarctic exploration, development of motor sledges etc.) and miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Falcon Scott was born on 6 June 1868 at Outlands near Devonport, the third child of Hannah and John Scott, (a brewer, and descendant of three generations of sailors). He was sent to Stubbington House, Fareham, Hampshire to be coached for a cadetship in the Royal Navy and joined the training ship HMS Britannia at the age of thirteen.

Between 1883 and 1887, he served as midshipman on four vessels, HMS Boadicea, HMS Liberty, HMS Monarch and HMS Rover, meeting Clements Markham, secretary of the Royal Geographical Society, for the first time while serving on HMS Rover.

Scott spent the winter of 1887 to 1888 at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, passing his examination for the rank of lieutenancy in 1888. He was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant and instructed to join the cruiser HMS Amphion, stationed in the Pacific. His service in the Pacific was followed by a brief spell in the Mediterranean onboard HMS Caroline and in September 1891, he reported to the torpedo training ship, HMS Vernon, at Portsmouth for a two-year course. He emerged with first-class certificates in all subjects and was appointed to HMS Vulcan, an experimental torpedo depot-ship stationed in the Mediterranean.

The next few years were clouded by family troubles. Scott's father had sold the brewery, living on the proceeds of the sale until the family was reduced to poverty. Scott applied for a transfer to HMS Defiance, a torpedo training ship stationed at Devonport, in order to help arrange the lease of the family home, Outlands. He was then appointed torpedo lieutenant in HMS Empress of India, meeting Clements Markham for a second time in 1897. In the summer of 1897, Scott was appointed torpedo lieutenant to HMS Majestic and in the same year, his father died, leaving his mother, Hannah, almost penniless. Scott contributed to the support of his mother and his sisters, and after the death of his brother Archie, he became completely responsible for his family's welfare.

In June 1899, while serving in HMS Majestic, Clements Markham told him of a proposed British Antarctic expedition and within two days, Scott had applied to command the expedition. In June 1900, Scott was appointed to lead the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, and later in the same month was appointed to the rank of commander. Recruiting a company of Royal Navy and Merchant Navy seamen aboard the purpose-built expedition ship Discovery, and with a strong scientific team, the expedition sailed from Lyttleton on 21 December 1901, wintering at Hut Point, Ross Island.

Scott led the first major sledging expedition, accompanied by Edward Wilson and Ernest Shackleton, setting out in November 1902 to explore inland across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. On 30 December 1902, they reached 82°17'S, their farthest south. In October 1903, Scott led a nine-man party westward to explore further the routes in the western mountains. Along with Edgar Evans and William Lashley, Scott climbed a staircase of glaciers to stand on the polar plateau. They then marched many miles across the bleak plain, turning back on 30 November, and returning to Discovery just in time to celebrate Christmas 1903. Having remained ice-bound in McMurdo Sound since 1902, Discovery was eventually freed from the ice in February 1904, after the arrival of the relief ships Morning and Terra Nova. The expedition was highly successful, having made the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica and producing many volumes of scientific results.

On his return, Scott was promoted to captain, decorated and wrote a book on the expedition, The voyage of the Discovery. This was followed by postings to HMS Victorious in 1906, HMS Albemarle in 1907 and HMS Essex in 1908. Later in 1908, he was appointed commander of HMS Bulwark and in September, he married Kathleen Bruce, a talented sculptress.

Scott was appointed Naval Assistant to the Admiralty in 1909, but was motivated to plan an expedition to the South Pole by the success of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton). Shackleton had located the Pole on the featureless high ice plateau, and had come within 97 nautical miles of it.

Scott returned to the Antarctic with the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, wintering at Cape Evans on Ross Island. He led a strong scientific team, both naval and civilian, that included several companions from his previous expedition. Aware of the rival bid of Roald Amundsen, who was equipped with excellent dog teams, Scott started out for the Pole in late October 1911. With the aid of experimental tractors, dog teams and ponies, he followed his previous route across the Ross Ice Shelf before resorting to man-hauling up the Beardmore Glacier in Shackleton's footsteps. The five-man polar party successfully traversed the plateau, reaching the Pole on 17 January 1912, to find that Amundsen had reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911. On the return journey the weakened party faced exceptionally unfavourable weather and sledging conditions. Edgar Evans was the first to die, near the foot of the Beardmore. Lawrence Oates followed on 16 March, when he famously left the tent in a blizzard for the good of the party. Scott himself died with Henry Bowers and Edward Wilson in late March 1912, laid up by a blizzard 11 miles short of One Ton Depot.

Published work The voyage of the Discovery by Robert Falcon Scott, John Murray, London (1913) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1901-1904 Scott], The diaries of Captain Robert Scott, a record of the second Antarctic expedition, 1910-1912 volumes 1-6, University Microfilms Tylers Green (1968) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1910-1913 Scott], Scott's last Expedition, from the personal journals of Captain R F Scott John Murray, London (1964) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1910-1913 Scott]

Arrangement

The collection is split into five sub-fonds, these comprise of material on the Antarctic expeditions (British National, Relief and British Antarctic), correspondence with his family (Kathleen, his parents and other family members), general correspondence and miscellaneous papers respectively.

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment.

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Accruals

Further accessions are possible.

Other Finding Aid

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.

Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library. This material includes photographic collections for the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

Note

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.

Personal Names

Scott Robert Falcon 1868-1912 Captain RN Antarctic Explorer

Corporate Names

British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904
British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913
Great Britain Royal Navy

Geographical Names

Antarctica Discovery and exploration

Cataloguing Info

TitleRobert Falcon Scott collection
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Scott, British National Antarctic Expedition

Reference Number(s)GB 15 Robert Falcon Scott/British National Antarctic Expedition
Dates of Creation1900-1908
Name of CreatorRobert Falcon Scott
Physical Description Journals, instructions, notes, papers etc. Some of the material is on microfilm

Scope and Content

  • MS 366/14/11;ER Notes, undated [Regarding James Clarke Ross going through the outer pack, 1841-1842] 3 leaves
  • MS 1453/4;BJ Notes, undated [Biographical information on officers and men who served in Discovery] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 366/14/31;ER List, undated [Gear to be forwarded, from Melbourne to Lyttelton]
  • MS 366/14/13;ER Paper [summer cruise, 1901-1902] 12 leaves
  • MS 366/12/36;ER Notes of a speech, undated [Delivered before the second years sledging, In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 36]
  • MS 366/13/43-97;ER Notes and jottings, 1902-1904 [Various subjects] circa 40 leaves
  • MS 1453/5;BJ Experimental Note-Book, 1902 [Notes on ice, snow and earth temperature experiments] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 641/12/1-5;MJ Instructions and sledging orders to Lieutenant Royds, 1902 to 1903 [Regarding Cape Crozier, instructions, work to be attended in Discovery during Scott's absence, instructions for Barrier Journey, mention of emperor penguins] 5 leaves, autograph
  • MS 366/12/3;ER Rough draft of instructions to Lieutenant Shackleton, 17 February 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 3] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/5/7;D As MS 366/12/3;ER
  • MS 366/12/8;ER Copy of Scott's instructions to Lieutenant Royds, 3 March 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 8] autograph
  • MS 366/12/12;ER Orders for Lieutenant Royds, 29 March 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 12] holograph
  • MS 1537/2/55;D Articles written for the South Polar Times, April to May 1902 [Volume 1]
  • MS 366/14/19;ER Notes on dissection of a seal, 27 May 1902, 4 leaves
  • MS 1464/3;BJ Journal, 18 July to 31 October 1902, 7 March to 25 October 1903 [This is volume III of Scott's 4 volume expedition journal] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1160/1;MJ Copy of MS 1464/3;BJ microfilm
  • MS 366/12/13;ER Notice, 21 September 1902 [Composition and objectives of the forthcoming sledge parties In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 13] holograph
  • MS 366/12/14;ER Sledging orders to Lieutenant Royds, 9 September 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 4] holograph
  • MS 366/12/16;ER Sledging orders to Lieutenant Armitage, 10 September 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 16] autograph
  • MS 366/12/19;ER Notice, 11 September 1902 [Regarding the officers and men required for the southern depot party, In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2 item 19] holograph
  • MS 366/12/21;ER Sledging order to Lieutenant Skelton, 14 September 1902 [Regarding work to be carried out in Discovery In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 volume 2, item 21] holograph
  • MS 641/13;ER Copy of MS 366/12/21;ER microfilm
  • MS 366/12/23;ER Sledging orders to Dr Koettlitz, 21 September 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 23] autograph
  • MS 366/12/26;ER Sledging orders to Lieutenant Armitage, 31 October 1902 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 26] holograph
  • MS 1464/4;BJ Sledging journal, 2 November 1902 to 9 February 1903, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1160/2;MJ Copy of MS 1464/4;BJ
  • MS 366/12/36;ER Notes of a speech, undated [Delivered to the crew before the second year's sledging, In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 36]
  • MS 366/12/38;ER Orders to Lieutenant Armitage, Lieutenant Royds, Lieutenant Barne, September 1903 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 38] holograph
  • MS 366/12/39;ER Memo to Lieutenant Armitage, Lieutenant Royds, Lieutenant Barne, September 1903 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 39] holograph
  • MS 366/12/41;ER Instructions for a sledging journey to Lieutenant Royds, 6 September 1903 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 41] holograph
  • MS 366/12/42;ER Sledging Orders to Lieutenant Royds, 21 September 1903 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 42] autograph
  • MS 366/12/44;ER Instructions for southern journey to Lieutenant Barne, 1 October 1903 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2, item 44] autograph
  • MS 366/13/2;ER Barrier Journey instructions, to Lieutenant Royds, 11 October 1903
  • MS 465;D Instructions and letter to Lieutenant Armitage, 11 and 24 October 1903, 6 leaves, typescript copy
  • MS 366/13/5-9;ER Programme for western journey, 1903
  • MS 366/13/10-11;ER Instructions to H T Ferrar, 1903 [Western journey] 3 leaves
  • MS 1153/4-5;D Memoranda (2) to H T Ferrar, 25 October and&63; 1903 [Instructions relating to sledge travelling] 3 leaves, holograph, (Xerox)
  • MS 840/2;D Arrangements for the abandonment of Discovery, February 1904, 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 366/13/39;ER Arrangements for the abandonment of Discovery, 1904 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 volume 3 item 39]
  • MS 1354/3;D Arrangements for abandonment of Discovery winter quarters, February 1904, 2 leaves, holograph; MS 1354/1/1-3;D The identity of the captain of the relief vessel was unknown to Scott when these letters were written.
  • MS 847/2;D Arrangements for abandonment of Discovery, February 1904 (Duplicated MS 1354/3;D) 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1354/1/1-3;D Letters (3) to the Commander of the relief ship [William Colbeck], 22 January, 3 March and 10 September 1902 [Written separately but delivered at the same time] 7 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1354/2/1-6;D Letters (6) to William Colbeck, 1904 [Largely about the freeing of Discovery] 13 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 366/13/40;ER Programme for homeward voyage addressed to William Colbeck
  • MS 366/14/1;ER Notes on the Southern Continental land, 3 leaves
  • MS 366/14/12;ER Paper [Sea Ice] 12 leaves
  • MS 366/16/13;ER Account with the lecture agency ltd. February 1905
  • MS 366/16/14;ER Text of lectures, 1905, 83 leaves
  • MS 366/16/15;ER Prcis of lectures at Albert Hall, London, 3 leaves
  • MS 366/16/16;ER Introduction to lectures and list of slides, 4 leaves
  • MS 366/16/17;ER Corrected proofs of published addresses
  • MS 1453/24;D Draft fragment of chapter 18 of The voyage of the Discovery (London, 1905) 16 leaves, holograph
  • MS 366/16/32;ER Manuscript of The voyage of the Discovery, 6 leaves
  • MS 1453/24;D Draft fragment of chapter 18 of The voyage of the Discovery (London, 1905) 16 leaves, holograph
  • MS 366/16/33;ER List of whom to receive The voyage of the Discovery, 18 October 1905
  • MS 1633;D Illustrated catalogue of the Discovery Antarctic exhibition, London, includes lists of crew, list of photographs and paintings, holograph
  • MS 1368/13;D Testimonial for H T Ferrar, 5 March 1905 [Testimonial regarding his service in Discovery] holograph
  • MS 575/7;MJ 'The southern journey, 1902 to 1903' [Miscellaneous documents connected with the purchase and authenticity of the manuscript] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (led by Scott) undertook the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Funding came from the Government, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and private donations. The expedition set up base at McMurdo Sound from where sledging parties carried out recognisance and scientific programmes.

Scott made the fist balloon ascent on the continent in 1902. A three-man sledge party consisting of Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson achieved a furthest south of 82°17'S on 30 December 1902. The expedition ship, Discovery, commissioned and built especially for the expedition was beset in McMurdo Sound from 1902-1904.

Scott published The voyage of the Discovery on his return.

Two relief expeditions were mounted to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904. The first 1902-1903 was organised by the Royal Geographical Society, the second, 1903-1904, by the Royal Navy. The steam yacht Morning captained by William Colbeck took part in both expeditions, on the second voyage she was joined by the steam yacht Terra Nova captained by Henry Duncan MacKay. After Discovery which had been beset since 1902 was freed from the ice the three ships sailed north in February 1904.

The collection covers, diaries, orders, notes and lectures written prior to and during the expedition. The collection also includes material relating to The voyage of the Discovery and the lecture tours undertaken by Scott on his return from the Antarctic.

Arrangement

The material is arranged chronologically.

Location of Originals

MS 575/7;MJ, MS 1160/1;MJ and MS 1160/2;MJ Originals held by the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia (1982)

Alternative Form Available

MS 575/7;MJ, MS 1160/1-2;MJ are copies

Related Material

The Institute holds over seventy archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see SPRI collection GB 015 British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 and GB 015 British Relief Expeditions, 1902-1903-1904 for more information.

Personal Names

Colbeck William 1871-1930
MacKay Henry Duncan 1857-1925 Captain

Corporate Names

Discovery (Steam yacht)
Morning (Steam yacht)
Terra Nova (Steam yacht)

Geographical Names

McMurdo Sound (Antarctica)
Cape Crozier (Antarctica)

Scott, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913

Reference Number(s)GB 15 Robert Falcon Scott/British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
Dates of Creation1910-1966
Name of CreatorRobert Falcon Scott and others
Physical Description Journals, lists, press cuttings, correspondence and notes. Some of the material is on microfilm.

Scope and Content

  • MS 1319/4/1-3;D Acknowledgements (3) of receipt of subscriptions to the expedition, addressed to P G Lewis, Master Hugh Lewis and the Bute Supply Company, 1909 to 1910, 5 leaves, typescript (duplicated)
  • MS 1453/29;D Miscellaneous notes and plans for Antarctic exploration made before and during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, 24 leaves, 1 notebook, holograph
  • MS 1453/30;D Miscellaneous stores lists [Compiled by Scott and Henry Bowers] 56 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 761/8/9;D Appointment of Joseph James Kinsey as his attorney and agent in New Zealand, 25 November 1910, 2 leaves
  • (7)01(08)[1910-1913] Diaries (18), October 1910 to March 1912 [18 manuscript diaries which in this facsimile edition are bound into 6 volumes]
  • MS 683/1/1-2;MJ Journals, sledging journals and notebooks kept during the expedition, from 18 October 1910 to March 1912 [15 volumes] microfilm, 2 reels
  • MS 1453/27;D Journal extracts, 1910-1911 [Sent back to family during the expedition's absence] holograph and typescript
  • MS 1453/7;BJ Note-book on Sledging Arrangements, 1911, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1453/26;D Document conferring power of attorney on Kathleen Scott during his absence, 9 January 1911
  • MS 1453/28;D Lectures (2) presented during the expedition, 1911 [Paper on Ice Barrier and inland ice, 7 June 1911, Southern Journey, 1911-1912] 35 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 1541/1;BJ (Scott) Bible [Purported to have been taken to the South Pole by Scott]
  • MS 1488/1-2;BJ Scott's last expedition (London 1913) [Kathleen Scott's copy] 2 volumes
  • MS 729;D Journal, undated [Typescript copy prepared and edited with an introduction by Frank Debenham for publication by Reader's Digest in 1966] 286 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1453/31;Boxed Expressions of sympathy, memorials, testimonials, poems and other tributes to Scott received by his family after his death, mainly 1913, 1 box
  • MS 1464/23;Boxed Letters of condolence (350) received by Sir William and Lady Ellison Macartney and Hannah Scott, 1913
  • MS 1464/32;BPC Album, 1913 to 1914 [Regarding the British Antarctic Expedition]

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A party led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911. A northern party led by Victor Campbell established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp.

The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.

The collection includes diaries, notes, journals, lists and other ephemera including material relating to the news of the death of the pole party.

Arrangement

The material is arranged chronologically.

Location of Originals

MS 683/1/1-2;MJ Originals in the British Museum (1982)

Alternative Form Available

MS 683/1/1-2;MJ is a copy.

Related Material

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.

Personal Names

Wilson Edward Adrian 1872-1912 Naturalist and Antarctic Explorer
Bowers Henry Robertson 1883-1912 Naval Officer Polar Explorer
Oates Lawrence Edward Grace 1880-1912 Antarctic Explorer
Evans Edgar d 1912 ?

Geographical Names

South Pole

Scott, family correspondence

Reference Number(s)GB 15 Robert Falcon Scott/Family correspondence
Dates of Creation1889-1913
Name of CreatorRobert Falcon Scott
Physical Description Circa 385 letters. Some of the letters are on microfilm

Scope and Content

CORRESPONDENCE to PARENTS [All letters are to Hannah unless otherwise stated]

  • MS 1160/7/3;MJ Letter to John, 24 to 25 January [1889] [Amphion, written from the vicinity of Las Palmas] microfilm
  • MS 1542/3/1;D Letter to John, 24 to 25 January 1890 [Amphion] 3 leaves
  • MS 1160/5;MJ Letters (circa 80), 1896 to 1911 [Empress of India, 1896, Majestic, 1889, 12 from Discovery, 1901-1904 Victorious, 1906 Albemarle, 1907, Essex, 1908 and 6 during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] microfilm
  • MS 1542/4/1;D Letter 21 October 1896 [Empress of India, general news] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/4/2;D Letter [October 1896] [Empress of India, family news, plans for Christmas]
  • MS 1542/4/3;D Letter 8 November 1896 [Empress of India, news of the ship, hopes of promotion] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/4/4;D Letter 22 November 1896 [Empress of India] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/4/5;D Letter [1897] [Empress of India] 2 leaves
  • MS 1452/5/1;D Letter [1899] [Majestic]
  • MS 1302/1;D Letter 23 May [no year] [Majestic] holograph
  • MS 1542/5/2;D Letter 30 May 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/3;D Letter 22 August 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/4;D Letter 17 September 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/5;D Letter 15 October 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/6;D Letter 22 October 1899 [Majestic] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/5/7;D Letter 28 October [1899] [Majestic, Acting Commander]
  • MS 1542/5/8;D Letter 21 November 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/9;D Letter 21 July 1900 [Majestic, in Queenstown] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/6/2;D Letter 16 August 1901 [Discovery] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/6/3;D Letter 18 December 1901 [Discovery, Lyttelton]
  • MS 1542/8/1;D Letter 24 February 1903 [Discovery] 6 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/2;D Letter 28 March 1904 [Discovery, Auckland Island]
  • MS 1542/8/3;D Letter 25 April 1904 [Government House, Wellington] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/4;D Letter 12 May 1904 [From Christchurch, New Zealand] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/5;D Letter 7 June 1904 [From Christchurch, New Zealand, eve of leaving for Falkland Islands] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/6;D Letter, 30 June 1904 [Discovery] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/7;D Letter, 18 July 1904 [Written during British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904]
  • MS 1542/8/8;D Letter, September 1904 [Describing time at Balmoral with Royal family, Prime Minister] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/9-11;D Letters (3), November 1904 [Written from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Hull during his lecture tour] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/12;D Letter 6 April 1905 [Written from Sussex]
  • MS 1542/8/13;D Letter 24 April 1905 [Written in Chelsea]
  • MS 1542/8/14;D Letter 3 May 1905 [Written in Sheringham]
  • MS 1542/8/15;D Letter 6 May 1905 [Written in Sheringham]
  • MS 1542/8/16;D Letter 25 September 1905, 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/1;D Letter 21 October 1906 [Victorious] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/2;D Letter 28 October 1906 [Victorious describing battle practice] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/3;D Letter 11 November 1906 [Victorious describing trip to Majorca, visit by Sir Clements Markham] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/4;D Letter 12 November 1906 [Victorious]
  • MS 1542/9/5;D Letter 18 November 1906 [Victorious regarding return to Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/6;D Letter 11 December 1906 [Victorious regarding Britannia]
  • MS 1542/10/1;D Letter 2 February 1907 [Albemarle regarding expedition colleagues]
  • MS 1542/10/2;D Letter 20 February 1907 [Albemarle describing collision with Commonwealth] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/3;D Letter 29 February 1907 [Albemarle regarding collision and royal news] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/4;D Letter 16 March 1907 [Albemarle regarding visit by Princess of Wales] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/5;D Letter 22 March 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1542/10/6;D Letter 25 March 1907 [Albemarle regarding collision, no court martial] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/7;D Letter 29 March 1907 [Albemarle regarding Michael Barne and proposed expedition]
  • MS 1542/10/8;D Letter 6 April 1907 [Albemarle regarding tests and presents for Sir Clements Markham] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/9;D Letter 17 April 1907 [Albemarle regarding latest voyage]
  • MS 1542/10/10;D Letter 22 April 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1542/10/11;D Letter 28 May 1907 [Albemarle regarding Howard de Walden and trial sledges with Skelton's assistance]
  • MS 1542/10/12;D Letter 6 June 1907 [Albemarle regarding accident on board the ship]
  • MS 1542/10/13;D Letter 18 June 1907 [Albemarle regarding eye operation, mining, court martial attended] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/14;D Letter 12 July 1907 [Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/15;D Letter 29 July 1907 [Albemarle regarding a suicide] 4 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/16;D Letter 4 August 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1542/10/17;D Letter 18 August 1907 [Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/11/1;D Letter undated [Written from Naval Club, Portsmouth] Incomplete
  • MS 1542/11/2;D Letter 19 February 1908 [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/4;D Letter 10 March 1908 [Written in Paris]
  • MS 1542/11/5;D Letter 29 March 1908 [Essex] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/11/6;D Letter 11 April 1908 [Essex regarding sudden death of Senior Engineer Lieutenant]
  • MS 1542/11/7;D Letter [April 1908] [Essex regarding sinking of Tiger after accident with Bewick]
  • MS 1542/11/8;D Letter[April 1908] [Essex regarding gunnery tests]
  • MS 1542/11/9;D Letter 10 May 1908 [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/10;D Letter 12 May 1908 [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/12;D Letter [May 1908] [Essex regarding new commander and 1st lieutenant]
  • MS 1542/11/13;D Letter [May 1908] [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/14;D Letter 25 May 1908 [Essex regarding appointment to Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/11/15;D Letter [June] 1908 [Bulwark regarding proposed marriage to Kathleen Bruce] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/11/16;D Letter 23 June 1908 [Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/11/17;D Letter 23 June 1908 [Bulwark regarding Kathleen Bruce, requesting Hannah's blessing]
  • MS 1542/11/18;D Letter [July] 1908 [Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/11/19;D Letter 29 November 1908 [Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/12/1;D Letter undated [Written from Simonstown upon Union-Castle Line RMS Saxon paper, regarding Kathleen and the wait for Terra Nova to arrive]
  • MS 1542/12/2;D Letter undated [Written from Simonstown upon British Antarctic Expedition paper, regarding Terra Nova, son Peter and possible meeting with Prime Minister]
  • MS 1542/12/3;D Letter 31 August 1910 [Short addendum to a letter by Kathleen]
  • MS 1542/12/4;D Letter 22 October 1910 [British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913]
  • MS 1542/12/5;D Letter 7 November 1910 [Written from Te Korata, New Zealand] 3 leaves
  • MS 1464/20/1-2;D Letter 25 January 1911, with extract from a letter to his mother, 22 August 1898 [Long letter containing news from the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913] 2 leaves, holograph and typed transcript
  • MS 1542/12/6;D Letter October 1911 [Written from winter quarters, prior to trek south]

CORRESPONDENCE to KATHLEEN

  • MS 1453/3;BJ Correspondence (circa 230 letters), 1907-1909 [These include a small number of letters to and from other correspondents, 1897-1909] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1464/21;D Letter to Kathleen Scott, 28 December [1910] to 24 January [1911] [Early stages of British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 27 leaves, typed transcript (carbon)
  • MS 963/5;D Letter, 10 May 1912 [Praising Edward Wilson] Extract in Edward T Wilson's hand

FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE

  • MS 1574/2/1;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow (Sister), 17 December 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1574/2/2;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow, 23 February 1903 [Written from winter quarters, British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904]
  • MS 1574/2/13;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow, 21 June [1908] [Bulwark, regarding his engagement to Kathleen Bruce]
  • MS 1574/2/21;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow, 30 October 1911 [Written from winter quarters, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, regarding family]
  • MS 1464/15/1-3;D Letters (5) to Rose and Erica Campbell (Sister and niece), 29 September 1901 to October 1911 [Brief letters of greeting, mainly from the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 5 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1160/15-16;MJ Letters (2) to Erica Campbell, 6 October 1911 [Written before his departure on the pole journey, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] microfilm
  • MS 1542/11/3;D Letter to Rose [Scott], 7 March 1908 [Written in Paris, regarding help received by Charcot to himself, Barne and Skelton]
  • MS 1160/15/1-2;MJ Letters (2) to Rose Campbell, 29 September [1910] and 8 October 1911 [Brief letters of greetings] microfilm
  • MS 1542/5/10;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney (Sister), [undated] [Majestic, regarding family business] Incomplete,
  • MS 1542/6/5;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 29 September 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1542/6/6;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 17 December 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1160/10/1-11;MJ Letters (11) to Ettie Ellison Macartney, 1901 to 1911 [Personal news from the two Antarctic expeditions, 1901 to 1904 and 1910 to 1913] microfilm
  • MS 1464/17/1-12;D Letters (12) to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 23 February 1903 to October 1911 [Personal news, including news of the Antarctic expeditions of 1901-1904 and 1910-1913] 12 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1574/2/5;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 18 July 1904 [Written from the Falkland Islands, regarding Rose, family business and promotion]
  • MS 1574/2/6;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, undated
  • MS 1474/2/7;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, undated
  • MS 1574/2/9;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 21 March [1907] [Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1574/2/10;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 22 June 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1574/2/11;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 11 January 1908 [Presumably to do with business matters] 2 leaves
  • MS 1574/2/16;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 19 August 1908 [Bulwark, regarding wedding arrangements]
  • MS 1574/2/18;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 20 January 1909 [Bulwark, regarding Kathleen's pregnancy]
  • MS 1542/6/1;D Letter to Esther and Phoebe Ellison-Macartney (Nieces) [undated] [Majestic, regarding being awarded the Victorian Order]
  • MS 1464/16;D Letter to Esther Ellison-Macartney, 10 November 1910 [Personal news and greetings to a child relative] holograph
  • MS 1542/11/11;D Letter to Phoebe Ellison-Macartney, 12 May 1908 [Essex, thanking here for a letter]
  • MS 1542/6/4;D Letter to William Ellison-Macartney (Brother-in-law), 28 September 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1574/2/4;D Letter to William Ellison-Macartney, 27 February 1904 [Discovery, congratulating him on birth of son, mention of previous winter]
  • MS 1464/18/1-3;D Letters (2) and a cablegram to William Ellison-Macartney, 8 April 1904 to 23 April 1908 [Regarding the second British Relief Expedition, 1903-1904 to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 5 leaves, holograph letters, printed cablegram
  • MS 1160/11/1-8;MJ Letters (8) to the Ellison-Macartney family (nephews and nieces), 1910 to 1911 [Personal news] microfilm
  • MS 1574/2/3;D Letter to Grace (Monsie) Scott (Sister), 23 February 1903 [Written from winter quartets, British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, short note]
  • MS 1574/2/8;D Letter to Grace Scott, 7 February [1907] [Written on board Albemarle]
  • MS 1574/2/19;D Letter to Grace Scott, 7 June 1910 [Regarding joining Terra Nova at Weymouth]
  • MS 1574/2/20;D Letter to Grace Scott, July 1910 [General matters]
  • MS 1574/2/12;D Letter to a sister (unnamed), 18 June 1908 [Written on board Bulwark, regarding his engagement to Kathleen Bruce]
  • MS 1574/2/14;D Letter [Probably to Ettie] undated [Written on board Bulwark]
  • MS 1457/2/15;D Letter to a sister (unnamed), 18 August 1908 [Written on board Bulwark]
  • MS 1574/2/17;D Letter to a sister [probably Monsie or Kitty], 20 August 1908 [Written on board Bulwark]

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence is split between letters to his parents (John and Hannah), his wife Kathleen and general family correspondence to his sisters and their families. The scope of the correspondence covers all aspects of Scott's life recounting his naval career, the two Antarctic expeditions and personal news.

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Alternative Form Available

MS 1160/5;MJ and MS 1160/7/3;MJ MS 1160/10/1-11;MJ, MS 1160/11/1-8;MJ MS 1160/15/1-2;MJ, MS 1160/16;MJ are copies.

Related Material

The Institute holds archival collections for John, Hannah, Kathleen and Rose Campbell, Ettie Ellison-Macartney, William Ellison-Macartney.

Other Descriptive Data

MS 1542/5/1-9;D have black edging on the letters themselves or the envelopes. Although no mention of him is made this is probably due to the death in 1898 of Scott's younger brother Archie.

Personal Names

Young Kathleen 1878-1947 wife of 1st Baron Kennet sculptor
Scott Hannah
Scott John Edward
Ellison-McCartney Ettie
Campbell Rose