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ANDREWS, Michael Corbet (d 1934)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 MCA
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: ANDREWS, Michael Corbet (d 1934)
Date(s): 1909 -1934
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 40 boxes
Name of creator(s): Andrews | Michael Corbet | d 1934 | historian of cartography


Administrative/Biographical history:

Michael Corbert Andrews was born in ninetenth century Belfast; studied medieval and early modern maps; worked as a linen manufacturer in Belfast and became a keen historian of early maps and placenames. Andrews was a member of many learned societies; joined the Royal Geographical Society in 1919, becoming a generous donator to its collections of photographs of important maps, and was Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 1919-1934. Andrews died in 1934.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Michael Corbet Andrews, 1909-1934, comprising notes, photographs, tracings and drawings made by M C Andrews from 1909-1934. They refer to early cartographers, calendars, calendar staves, medieval and Sixteenth Century maps of the world with particular attention to the placenames of Scotland and Ireland. This collection notably includes calendars and almanacs; calendars including notes on lunar notations; correspondence notably concerning maps and calendars; descriptive notes on the work of cartographers; tracings and photographs of medieval maps; maps inlcuding Higden maps; photographs and photostats including maps of British Islands and Scotland. The collection also includes portolan charts and some County and medieval maps.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, Latin, Italian and other European languages.

System of arrangement:

Arranged in thematic order.

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.

Finding aids:

The RGS holds detailed lists of the contents of the boxes. The Geographical Journal, Vol. 85, p. 105 summarises the contents.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the RGS in 1934 by the creator's wife and sister.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Archives - Correspondence blocks 1911-1920, 1921-1930 (Andrews, M C) and 1931-1940 (Andrews, E).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Obituary, The Geographical Journal Vol. 84, pp 541-2.
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:
27 November 2000 and modified in April 2008.

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