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JOHNSTON, Sir Harry Hamilton (1858-1927)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 HHJ
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: JOHNSTON, Sir Harry Hamilton (1858-1927)
Date(s): 1887-1926
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 large box and 3 files
Name of creator(s): Johnston | Sir | Harry Hamilton | 1858-1927 | Knight | explorer and colonial administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1858; Studied as an artist and zoologist; explored Central Africa 1882-1884; became British Consul in Cameroon and then Mozambique; British Commissioner for South Central Africa; KCB 1896; retired 1901; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1883-1927; RGS Founder's Medal 1904; Council Member and Vice President; died, 1927.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Harry Johnston including diary of an expedition, Rio del Ray, Cameroon, 1887, with four printed maps of the region attached; sketch and notebook, Nyasaland, 1893; sketch book, North Africa and photocopied correspondence of Johnston with members of his family, 1866-1926 and copies of six portrait photographs of Johnston.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original 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. Permission to copy the copies of Johnston's corrrespondence must be sought from the owner. 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:

Received by RGS in 1928; photocopied material provided by the Department of Manuscripts, British Library.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Corr. Blocks, 1881-1910, 1911-1920, 1921-1930; letters to Sir John Scott Keltie, 1896-1923; Journal Mss: N and W Africa 1888 and 1905; The Nile 1917; East Africa 1883, 1885, 1890, 1895, 1901, 1902, 1913, 1919.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Oct 2008

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