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SPRI Review 2000: SPRI Review 2000

SPRI Review 2000

Clive Holland

It is very sad to report the death of Clive Holland, in September 2000. Clive joined the Institute in the late 1960s as a research assistant working with Alan Cooke, assistant librarian and curator of manuscripts, on an authoritative reference work, The exploration of northern Canada 500 to 1920: a chronology (Toronto: Arctic History Press, 1978). In 1972 Clive was appointed assistant librarian and curator of the Museum, also taking over responsibility for manuscripts on the departure of Dr Cooke in 1975. On Harry King's retirement as Librarian in 1984, Clive became acting librarian until Valerie Galpin was appointed, when Clive returned to his former role until he left to concentrate on his research. Clive compiled the comprehensive reference guide Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge: a catalogue (New York: Garland, 1982), in addition to reorganising the photographic collection. He also published extensively in Polar Record and elsewhere, and established a reputation as one of the leading authorities on the history of Arctic exploration. This was enhanced by two books written after his period at the Institute: Farthest north: the quest for the North Pole (London: Robinson, 1994) and Arctic exploration and development c.500 B.C. to 1915: an encyclopedia (New York: Garland, 1994). The latter is a magisterial work extending to the Arctic as a whole the approach applied to northern Canada in his earlier chronology. Sadly, the plan to bring the coverage up to 1950 will probably not now be realised.