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CAMERON, V L (1844-1894)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 VLC
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: CAMERON, V L (1844-1894)
Date(s): 1872-1886
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Cameron | Verney Lovett | 1844-1894 | African explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Verney Lovett Cameron was born in 1844. A naval Lieutenant, Cameron was selected by the Royal Geographical Society to lead an expedition to find David Livingstone in 1872; Livingstone had died when Cameron reached central Africa; Cameron then crossed tropical Africa from east to west, the first European to do so; awarded the CB by Queen Victoria and the Gold Medal of the RGS. Cameron was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 1876-1894 and died in 1894.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers Verney Lovett Cameron, 1872-1886, relate to the Livingstone Relief Expedition of 1873 and notably include: account books from 1872; correspondence about the preparation and progress of the Expedition, 1873-1875; a diary for October - December 1874; correspondence on funding the exhibition 1873-1881.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in seven series.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible 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 archives: a handlist / compiled by Christine Kelly. London: RGS, 1977 and a detailed catalogue is available online at Access to Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The 1874 diary was donated to the RGS in 1945.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Geog. Journal mss. Central and East Africa 1874, 1875,1876; West Africa 1882.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids and Who was Who, 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:
24 October 2000 and modified May 2008.

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