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Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Voyage: Topics in Chronicling America

During the early 20th century, Shackleton and crew braved the icy Antarctic terrain. This guide provides access to materials related to "Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Voyage” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Ernest Shackleton's route in the Antarctic. July 5, 1916. The Topeka State Journal (Topeka, KS), Image 3. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Antarctica, a final frontier, is a continent that is unforgiving to all. Sir Ernest Shackleton, however, never believed it to be unworthy of making an attempt at discovery. This British explorer is credited for his own brave expedition, called the Imperial Trans-Antarctica Expedition. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


March 26, 1910 Sir Ernest Shackleton declared he would beat America to the South Pole.
December 29, 1913 The expedition is officially announced for 1914.
June - August 1914 Shackleton’s crew prepares for the expedition’s departure in August, and receives a royal inspection from the Queen.
November 30, 1914 Due to the severity of the ice, Shackleton says a search must not be until March 1916.
March - June 1916 Conflicting reports were released of Shackleton’s return.
June - November 1916 Shackleton makes successful attempts of rescuing the crew.