Our Resource of the Month Choice for July: Royal Geographical Society Digital Archive

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Andy Kernot sat at the PC in his office.


July’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.


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Andy’s choice is the Royal Geographical Society Digital Archive. It was chosen because it contains a vast collections of documents, maps, photographs, expedition reports, manuscript materials and books, that span 500 years of geography, travel and exploration. The collections material from the RGS enables contemporary researchers to critically re-assess and re-evaluate these contributions to our understanding of the world.

Open laptop on a table with a pad, pen and coffee cup next to it. On the screen it says 'Royal Geography Society Digital  Archive.'

Resource Overview

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Digital Archive covers 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. The archive 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.

Where can you access the resource

Access the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Digital Archive via SOLO.



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