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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 JMS/4
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: RGS JOURNAL MANUSCRIPTS: America: North
Date(s): 1830-1952
Level of description: Sub-fonds
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Extent: 158 files
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) was founded in 1830 as the Royal Geographical Society of London. Its aim was the advancement of Geographical Science. The Society was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1859. In 1995 the RGS merged with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) to create the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Since 1831 the Society has published a Journal, initially containing the principal papers read at the Society's evening meetings and abstracts of Geographical works published elsewhere: it is now a refereed academic publication. The journal has appeared under various titles: Journal of the RGS (JRGS) 1831-1880; Proceedings of the RGS (PRGS) 1857-1878; Proceedings of the RGS (New Series) (PRGS (NS)) 1879-1892; Supplementary Papers (1882-1893); and the Geographical Journal (GJ) 1893 onwards. At first edited by the Secretary of the Society, the preparation and editing of these journals is currently carried out by the Geographical Journal Office.


Scope and content/abstract:

Articles and letters by various authors relating to North America, sent to the Royal Geographical Society for publication in its Journals, 1830-1952. The articles were often sent to referees and their reports are often to be found with the article, in some cases the referee report has been retained even though the article has been returned to the author.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Chiefly English, occasional articles in other languages.

System of arrangement:

Arranged by date then alphabetically by author.

Conditions governing access:

Accessed 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 Archivist's discretion, and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist. Please note that in more recent cases copyright of the author may need to be sought.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available in the reading room and online on A2A.

Archival Information

Archival history:

In most cases the items were sent to the RGS directly by their authors and have remained with the Society ever since.

Immediate source of acquisition:

From the editor, or the Geographical Journal Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Journal Manuscript series, JMS 1-3 and 5-21.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 2008.

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