AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

RGS ADDITIONAL PAPERS: Kosmos, Raleigh and Geographical Clubs

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 AP/114-115
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: RGS ADDITIONAL PAPERS: Kosmos, Raleigh and Geographical Clubs
Date(s): 1827-1977
Level of description: Sub-fonds
View parent record
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal Geographical Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Raleigh Traveller's Club was founded by Captain Arthur de Capell Broke and was the immediate forerunner of the Royal Geographical Society. The Raleigh Club was a dining club composed solely of travelers. The world was to be mapped out into divisions and each division should be represented by a member so the Club collectively should have visited nearly every part of the globe. The first meeting of the Club was held 7 Feb 1827. At a meeting of that club in 1830, The Geographical Society of London was formed, subsequently becoming the Royal Geographical Society. After the formation of the Geographical Society the Raleigh Club continued to flourish, becoming more and more closely connected to the Society until 1854 when the affiliation became complete and the Club was renamed the Geographical Club. The Geographical Club still exists at the time of writing and has kept close links with the RGS-IBG.

The Kosmos Club, now defunct, was another dining club connected to the Royal Geographical Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Kosmos, Raleigh and Geographical Clubs, 1827-1977, including Raleigh Club minute book, 1827-1854; Geographical Club minute books, 1854-1966; Geographical Club correspondence and accounts, 1880-1952 and Kosmos Club minute books, 1927-1956; Kosmos Club correspondence and accounts, 1893-1960; printed pamphlets of the history of the clubs; lists of members; and press cuttings.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See box list in the Foyle Reading Room.

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.
Sources: The Fifty Year's Work of the Royal Geographical Society by Clements R Markham;

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 2007.

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"