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SPIRO Collection: letters from African explorers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 SPI
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SPIRO Collection: letters from African explorers
Date(s): 1855-1892
Level of description: Collection Level
Extent: One box, three files
Name of creator(s): Spiro | Henry | fl 1984
Spiro | Brigitte | fl 1984


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry and Brigitte Spiro were living in New York, 1984.


Scope and content/abstract:

Photocopies of letters from African explorers, 1855-1892, including letters to C Geigler, Chief of Sudan Telegraphs at Khartoum, and to others, 1855-1892, from Samuel White Baker, Richard Francis Burton, Romolo Gessi, James Augustus Grant, David Livingstone, Charles Chaille Long, E Schnitzer (Emin Pasha) and Henry Morton Stanley; copies of letters from Colonel Charles George Gordon to Samuel White Baker and others, 1873-1884 and copies of letters of Lady Florentia Sale, 1842.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and German

System of arrangement:


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 the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Photocopies of the Sotheby's catalogue which describe and calendar the letters can be found with the collection.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The collection appears to have been artificially brought together by the Spiro family. Many pieces were bought from Sotheby's.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the RGS from the Spiro family, Jul 1983 and Mar 1984.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
22 March 2001. May 2008.

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