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NORWEGIAN/BRITISH/SWEDISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION TO QUEEN MAUD LAND (1949-1952)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 NBS
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: NORWEGIAN/BRITISH/SWEDISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION TO QUEEN MAUD LAND (1949-1952)
Date(s): 1949-1952
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Norwegian/British/Swedish Antarctic Expedition

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Norwegian-British-Swedish Expedition of 1949-1952 was the first in Antarctica involving an international team of scientists. Its base was located on the coast of Dronning Maud Land -- an area lying between the meridians of 20░W and 45░E. Apart from surveys and mapping the main objective was to carry out a wide ranging programme of scientific investigations with particular interest in discovering whether climatic fluctuations similar to those observed in the Arctic were also occurring in Antarctica. Norway was mainly responsible for meteorology and topographical surveys, Britain for geology and Sweden for glaciology.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Norwegian/British/Swedish Antarctic Expedition including financial accounts; stores lists; copies of minutes of the Polar Committee; letters written in Maudheim from John Giaever to Laurence P Kirwan, 27 Dec 1950 and from G St Q Robin to Kirwan, 14 Dec 1950.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible via The Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Hand list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Unknown

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers and an extensive collection of slides, negatives and prints relating to the expedition are held in the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
25 October 2001; Aug 2008

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