Catalogue description Sir James Clark Ross: Correspondence and Papers

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Title: Sir James Clark Ross: Correspondence and Papers

Personal correspondence and papers of Sir James Clark Ross.

The records relate mainly to Ross' expedition to the Antarctic, 1839 to 1843, and the period immediately prior to it. Also included are papers concerning his Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1848 to 1849.

Date: 1833-1875
Separated material:

The bulk of the personal papers of Ross are held by The Royal Society.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Sir James Clark Ross, Knight, 1800-1862

Physical description: 14 file(s)
Custodial history: This deposit is part of a collection of records of the Kew Observatory, inherited by the Meteorological Office.
Administrative / biographical background:

In 1838 the British Association for the Advancement of Science represented to the Admiralty the urgency of a magnetic survey of the Antarctic region, and, consequently, it was resolved to dispatch an Antarctic expedition under the command of Captain (later Rear Admiral Sir) James Clark Ross. The voyage occupied four years (1839-1843) and was doubly successful as regards the magnetic survey and the discovery of previously unknown lands Ross set out the narrative, himself, in his two volume work Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions. From 1848 to 1849, Ross led an expedition to seek out the ill-fated expedition of Sir John Franklin, lost in the Arctic in 1845.

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