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CAREY, Arthur D (d 1936)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 SSC/14
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: CAREY, Arthur D (d 1936)
Date(s): 1884-1935
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box and 7 files
Name of creator(s): Carey | Arthur D | d 1936 | civil servant in India and traveller


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arthur Douglas Carey passed into the Indian Civil Service in 1864; serving in the Bombay Presidency; became interested in Central Asia and planned an excursion to Northern Tibet which came to fruition in 1885. Much of the route had not been travelled by Europeans and consequently a great deal of information concerning areas such as the Tarim basin was collected. Carey received the RGS's Founder's Medal for this journey in 1889; retired from the Indian Civil Service in 1893, spending the remainder of his life in Switzerland until he died in 1936.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Arthur Douglas Carey, 1884-1935, comprise a diary of a journey in Ladak, Tibet, and Sinkiang, 25 May 1885 to 19 May 1886; two letters from John Biddulph to (H E M) James (who travelled part way with Carey), 2 June and 24 June 1884, giving advice on travel in Central Asia; four letters from Ney Elias to Carey 27 Sept 1885, 13 Nov 1885, 3 Sept 1886, 20 March 1886 and official correspondence to and from Carey concerning his journey.

Access & Use

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Arranged as in Scope and Content.

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 the discretion of the Archivist and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

An online catalogue can be found at Access to Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS JMS/7/106

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Obitituary, The Geographical Journal 1936, Vol. 88, pages 191-192.
Prepared by an archives volunteer using existing finding aids and edited by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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:
10 December 2001 and modified May 2008.

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