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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 IGC
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Date(s): 1892-1964
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 16 boxes
Name of creator(s): International Geographic Congress


Administrative/Biographical history:

The International Geographical Congress is currently the congress of the International Geographical Union which was established in Brussels in 1922. However, the history of international meetings of geographers is much longer. The first of a series of congresses met in 1871 in Antwerp.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the International Geographic Congress including correspondence, copies of papers submitted to the Congress, minute book of the organising committee, 1961-1964 and newscuttings, 1963-1964 for the 1964 Congress and papers, correspondence and minutes which relate to much earlier Congresses, notably those in 1891 and 1895 including comittee minutes, 1892-1895 and volume of printed circulars, 1895.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined 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 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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Papers relating to the 1961 Congress were donated by Prof. Elkins.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of the International Geographical Union.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an Archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
31 May 2001; Oct 2008.

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