New for 2023: RGS (with IBG) archives 1482-2010

New for 2023: RGS (with IBG) archives 1482-2010

We are excited to begin the new year by presenting you with the archives of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) covering 1482-2010.

What’s covered

Funded by research funding from our success in the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, this archive of historical geography is extensive and includes:

  • Maps and atlases
  • Charts and plans
  • Expedition reports
  • Fieldnotes
  • Correspondence and diaries
  • Grey literature: publications by organisations and societies, such as reports (annual, research, technical, project, etc.), working papers, white papers, evaluations and other documents that are rarely included in searchable online resources
  • Photographs, artwork and illustrations
  • Journal manuscripts (journal articles submitted for publication)
  • Photographs
  • Proceedings, lectures, and ephemera

You can easily choose to limit your search to photographs, manuscripts (articles), monographs (books and reports), photograph

Special collections included

Over 100 special collections are included, including:

  • Everest Collection
  • David Livingstone Collection
  • Sir Ernest Shackleton Collection
  • Stanley Collection
  • Younghusband Collection
  • Speke Collection
  • Gertrude Bell Collection
  • Charlotte – the Franklin Expedition – including a portfolio of newspaper cuttings covering the expedition

Who might find this archive useful

The collection supports a wide variety of interdisciplinary areas from the Humanities to Design.

Interdisciplinary histories

Including many primary historical sources relating to:

  • Anthropology
  • Area studies
  • Colonial, post-colonial & decolonisation studies – including trade, commerce, law and policy
  • Development studies
  • Historical & cultural geography
  • Historical sociology

Earth and environmental sciences

  • Environmental degradation
  • Geology

Social sciences

  • Human geography
  • Identity, gender & ethnic studies
  • International relations

Design and visual arts

  • Cartography and visualizations

Explore the collections

Click here to access the RGS (with IBG) archives together with our existing free archives from the British Association for the Advancement of Science. A separate catalogue record linking separately to the RGS (with IBG) archives is coming soon.

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