Founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is a 16,500-member learned society and professional body that serves an exceptionally wide range of public and professional audiences. The society reaches millions of people each year through its work to advance geography and support geographers.
The Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) collection spans all aspects of geographical thought and includes materials from the society’s library, as well as its extensive archives and maps collections. Tens of thousands of maps and charts are complemented by manuscript material, fieldnotes, correspondence, drawings, photographs, pamphlets, atlases, gazetteers, and a range of other published and unpublished material.
The collections shed light on the impact of geographical science on history, exploration, colonialism, and diplomatic policies, as well as natural resources, cultural studies, anthropology, and ethnography. Researchers can explore one of the world’s largest collection of maps and charts from their earliest geographical delineations, dating from 1486 to the 20th century, as well as atlases and gazetteers. The collections create new pathways for interdisciplinary research and education, while, at the same time, preserving one of the world’s most important geographical collections.
Maps are discoverable via text search or a visual geographic browsing tool, and downloadable as GeoTiff files for use in GIS software suites.
Typeset and handwritten statistical tables are exportable into CSV files, in both fielded and structured formats.
A range of tools for interrogating primary sources, including term frequency, term popularity, term clusters, concordance, collocation, word clouds and frequency distribution tools.
“This unique, extremely user-friendly collection of historical sources is highly recommended. Wiley’s dedication to the user experience, as demonstrated through promises of expanding the breadth of digitized materials from additional partnerships, improved features and search capabilities, and prominent invitations for feedback, make it an exciting platform to comb through, as well as one to keep an eye on as it expands and adapts to user needs.”
“Wiley Digital Archives presents extremely robust features and tools for users. The dense archival collections are highly navigable with rich metadata and advanced filtering functionality. The range of exploration and analysis tools present users with innovative ways to explore within—and across—archives and collections.”
Faculty and Students: Royal Geographical Society Collection brochure
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