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RICHARDSON, James (1806-1851)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 JAR
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: RICHARDSON, James (1806-1851)
Date(s): 1845-1860
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box, 4 files
Name of creator(s): Richardson | James | 1806-1851 | explorer in Africa and anti-slavery campaigner


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1806; educated for the evangelical ministry; joined the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society on its foundation, 1839 and helped to direct the attention of the Society to the hitherto neglected trans-Saharan and Mediterranean slave trade; undertook two missions in North Africa and the Sahara to gather information and statistics on slavery for the Anti-Slavery Society, 1842-1846; died on a third expedition to explore Lake Chad, 1851.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of James Richardson including printed reports on the commerce of North Africa, 1845-1846; letter dated 28 Oct 1848 concerning James Macqueen's 'Itinerary of a Moorish merchant, Hamed Essagheen'; note on the route from Tripoli to Kouka; note on 'routes to the interior' of Africa, (Timbuktu, Sudan, Bornou, Fez and the route of the annual pilgrim caravan); 'Aheer'; 'Tour of nine months through the heart of the desert of Sahara', bound with 'The Touricks', n.d. and 'M Caillie's account of Timbuctoo compared with the information procured by Mr James Richardson during his late tour through the great desert', 1847.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the 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:

Photocoying 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:

Card index available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

From a number of sources: note on the route from Tripoli to Kouka was received from the RGS, 1856. Other items were transferred to the archive from the RGS's Museum and Library collections.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
26 April 2001; Jul 2008

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