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ROUTLEDGE, William Scoresby (1859-1939) and ROUTLEDGE, Katherine Maria (1866-1835)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 WSR
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: ROUTLEDGE, William Scoresby (1859-1939) and ROUTLEDGE, Katherine Maria (1866-1835)
Date(s): 1913-1933
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Routledge | William Scoresby | 1859-1939 | ethnographer
Routledge | Katherine Maria | 1866-1835 | née Pease | archaeologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Katherine Maria Routledge was born 1866; graduated from Somerville Hall, 1895; taught courses through the Extension Division and at Darlington Training College; after the Second Boer War, she traveled to South Africa with a committee to investigate the resettlement of single working women from England to South Africa; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1900-1939; married William Scoresby Routledge, 1906; died, 1935.

William Scoresby Routledge was born in 1859; married Katherine Maria Pease, 1906; died, 1939.

The Routledges went to live among the Kikuyu people of British East Africa (now Kenya) and jointly published With A Prehistoric People (1910); they organised an expedition to Easter Island, 1910, affiliated with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Museum and the Royal Geographical Society; the expedition, on the schooner MANA, departed, 1913 and arrived 1914; they left Easter Island, 1915.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William and Katherine Routledge from their expedition to Easter Island, 1913-1916 together with some papers concerning Jamaica, including notebooks, papers, sketches, maps, photographs, slides and correspondence; extensive notes of writings of earlier visitors to the island; log books of the expedition yacht MANA, 20 Feb 1913-31 Jul 1916; burgee of the MANA; lists of yacht's stores, expenses etc.; draft of Katherine Routledge's book, The Mystery of Easter Island; tracings of rock carvings, sketch plans, lantern slides, photographs, correspondence and notes from Easter Island; albums of press cuttings, chiefly reviews of The Mystery of Easter Island and With a Prehistoric People; index cards with a vocabulary of Mangarevanotes and correspondence concerning Jamaica and the expedition to cross the John Crow Mountains, 1920-1933.

Access & Use

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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 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:

Detailed lists in the Foyle Reading Room and detailed catalogue on A2A.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The albums of press cuttings and the index cards were presented to the RGS by James R Stewart, 1961. The remainder of the collection was left in the RGS by William Routledge, 1929.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: See CD-Rom, Who Was Who, 1897-1996, A and C Black Ltd.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
29 March, 2001. Jul 2008.

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