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SMYTH, Admiral William Henry (1788-1865)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 WHS
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SMYTH, Admiral William Henry (1788-1865)
Date(s): 1845-1862
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: One box, three files
Name of creator(s): Smyth | William Henry | 1788-1865 | scientist and antiquary | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1788; merchant service; Royal Navy, 1805; surveying in Italian, Adriatic, Greek, and north African waters; Founder member of the Royal Geographical Society of London (RGS), 1830; President of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1845-1846; retired, 1846; President of the RGS, 1849-1850; Vice-President and Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society; Vice-President and Director of the Society of Antiquaries; died, 1865.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rear-Admiral William Henry Smyth, including article 'The Royal Geographical Society and its labours' with title page, preface page and page headed appendix; photocopy of letter from Smyth to Captain Francis Beaufort 11 May 1830 about the founding of the RGS and extracts copied from the journals of his wife, Apr 1849-Jan 1851, referring to Smyth's work as President of the RGS.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order

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 completion of an 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Correspondence Blocks: 1834-40; 1841-50, (includes copy of Presidential Address 1850 with a letter from Smyth attached). 1851-60; 1861-70. Photocopy of entry on maps, Map Room Italy Div 21, about the maps given to Smyth by the Emperor of Austria.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by 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:
22nd March, 2001. May 2008.

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