Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Explore the largest collection of primary source maps and charts from one of the world’s most prestigious geographical institutions

The Wiley Digital Archives: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) collection includes materials from the society’s library, as well as its extensive archival and map collection. Hundreds of thousands of manuscript maps are complemented by manuscript material, fieldnotes, correspondence, drawings, pamphlets, atlases, gazetteers, and a range of other published and unpublished material.

The archive sheds light on the impact of geographical science on history, exploration, colonialism, and diplomatic policies, as well as natural resources, cultural studies, anthropology, and ethnography. Taken together, this collection creates new pathways for interdisciplinary research and education, while, at the same time, preserving one of the world’s most prestigious geographical collections.

Founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences, The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is a 16,000+ 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.


Key Data

Subjects Covered
  • Cultures & Identities
  • Borders, Nations & Power
  • Climate Change & Environmental Degradation
  • Colonial, Post-Colonial & De-Colonization Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Gender & Representation
  • Gender Studies
  • GeoHumanities & Spatial Humanities
  • Geopolitics
  • Historical Sociology
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Law, Trade & Policy
  • Resources & Land Use
  • Visual Cultures
    & Much More
Primary Source Materials
  • Charts & Plans
  • Expedition Reports & Scrapbooks
  • Fieldnotes, Correspondence, Diaries & Personal Papers
  • Fellowship Certificates
  • Gray Literature
  • Illustrations, Sketches & Drawings
  • Journal Manuscripts
  • Maps, Manuscript Maps, Gazetteers & Atlases
  • Monographs
  • Photographs, Lantern Slides & Artwork
  • Proceedings & Lectures