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Journals, notebooks and other papers of Sir James Mann Wordie, polar explorer, mostly relating to his tours and expeditions.

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Identifier: Acc.12559/1-99

Scope and Contents

Journals, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, press-cuttings and related papers, 1903-1959, n.d., of and relating largely to the expeditions of polar exploration and scientific discovery, travel and mountaineering activities of Sir James Mann Wordie, Master of St John’s College, Cambridge (1889-1962).


  • Creation: 1865-1959.

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1.54 Linear metres

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The papers have been arranged into series by expedition and tour.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2005, by Peter Wordie, Dunblane, on behalf of the Wordie family.

Related Materials

Acc.11483. Notes of Sir James M Wordie on islands and coastal features in the Arctic. MSS.9501-9568. Manuscripts from the Wordie Collection of printed books, being correspondence and papers of Sir James M Wordie, together with manuscript material owned by him. Other papers of Wordie are held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.

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