Robert Falcon Scott collection 1889-1966


Robert Falcon Scott collection, 1889-1966

Robert Falcon Scott collection 1889-1966

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)


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