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SNOW, William Parker (1817-1895)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 WPS
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SNOW, William Parker (1817-1895)
Date(s): 1851-1910
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 9 boxes
Name of creator(s): Snow | William Parker | 1817-1895 | mariner, explorer and author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1817; expedition to search for the companions of Sir John Franklin, 1850; expeditions off Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, [1855-1857]; throughout his life he endeavoured to enlist public interest on behalf of the companions of Sir John Franklin; died, 1895.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Parker Snow, including four volumes of press cuttings and notes on North and South America, 1849-1850 and 1861-1867; notebooks containing material on Arctic matters including one volume of Arctic letters and maps; two volumes of press cuttings; one volume of extracts from correspondence with Lady Franklin and Sophia Cracroft about the PRINCE ALBERT and a proposed voyage in search of Sir John Franklin; journal, 4-15 Jul 1850 on board PRINCE ALBERT and journal of a voyage to Australia and residence in Melbourne, 1853.

Access & Use

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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:

Box list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from William Parker Snow and from H W Feildon in 1917.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Correspondence Blocks - 1851-1860, Murchison, R I; 1881-1910, Mill H R; 1861-1870, Brown, J Allen.

William Parker Snow's diary of 1852-1853 is in the Mitchell Library, Sydney (ref: MS B131). Sketches of the Clarence river mouth etc are held in the Hydrographic Office, Taunton. (ref: D2822 shelf Xd).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Obit The Geographical Journal, Vol. 5, No. 5 (May, 1895), pp. 500-501.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
15th March, 2001. May 2008.

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