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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 AP
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Date(s): 1830-1945
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
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Extent: 118 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal Geographical Society


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).


Scope and content/abstract:

The Royal Geographical Society Additional Papers relate to all aspects of the RGS's history, 1830-1945, including Council minutes; committee minutes; Prospectus of 1830; reports on the state of the RGS, 1833 and 1837; correspondence concerning special meetings; financial statements and reports; notes on the Map Room and the Library; papers relating to the RGS's awards; regulations and byelaws; lists of Council and committee members; papers of the African Exploration Committee, 1877-1881; the fire-watcher's log books, 1940-1944; papers relating to the election of women as Fellows; papers on scientific enquiries, instruments and instruction; papers relating to the Kosmos, Raleigh and Geographical Clubs; formal addresses and diplomas; papers relating to anniversaries and other events; evening meeting minute books and papers relating to the leasing and furnishing of premises for the RGS, 1837-1930, in particular the purchase of Lowther Lodge.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: 1) Council and Committee minutes; 2) Misc, foundation, early history, Charter and seal, meetings; 3) Finance; 4) Map Room, Library, Drawing Office, photograph and slide collection; 5) Awards; 6) Publications; 7) Work of the RGS; scientific enquiries, instruments, instruction; 8) Council, committees, bylaws; 9) Houses of the RGS; 10) Election of Women as Fellows; 11) Geographical Education; 12) Staff, appointments, duties; 13) Formal addresses and diplomas; 14) Kosmos, Raleigh and Geographical Clubs; 15) 25th Anniversary of REII's accession, 1977; 16) 150th Anniversary of RGS; 17) Samples of RGS printed material; 18) evening meeting minute books.

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 Request for Copies form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist. Please note that in some cases copyright of the author or owner may need to be sought.

Finding aids:

Box list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Generated internally by the Royal Geographical Society.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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