Royal Geographical Society Archive
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Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) was founded in 1830. The learned Society promotes the advancement of geographical science in all its aspects. Since its founding, the RGS-IBG has served as an information exchange for geographers and geography.
Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Geographical Society
Wiley Digital Archives has partnered with RGS-IBG to digitise and bring a large part of this world-class collection to researchers around the world. The majority of content in the Wiley Digital Archive collection presents primary source materials from new scanning that have never been published before and hitherto have only been accessible by visiting the physical archive.
The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) covers the history of geography exploration, colonization and de-colonization, anthropology, law, climate science, gender studies, cartography, and environmental history throughout the British Empire from ~1478 to 1953. It contains manuscripts, correspondence, reports, conference papers, proceedings, maps, charts, atlases, photographs, surveys, data and ephemera—all presented as fully searchable digital images that can be analyzed, downloaded, manipulated, and compared with content from other societies and universities in the Wiley Digital Archives program.
The Wiley Digital Archives-RGS collection also boasts over one hundred unique special collections. These include the Everest Collection; the David Livingstone Collection; the Sir Ernest Shackleton Collection; the Stanley Collection; the Younghusband Collection; the Speke Collection; and the Gertrude Bell Collection.
As before, the original, analogue content represented in the Wiley Digital Archives collection is available for consultation onsite, by permission and under the guidance of the Royal Geographical Society.
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