Collection SC RSGS reference - Royal Scottish Geographical Society reference collection

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GB 249 SC RSGS reference


Royal Scottish Geographical Society reference collection


  • 1813-2008 (Creation)

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18 metres of books + 2 metres of oversize books

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(Founded 1884)

Administrative history

Founded in 1884 to ‘advance the science of Geography in all its branches’, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society promotes an understanding of the inter-relationships between people, places and the environment through geographical research, education, debate, travel and exploration. The Society also has an important role to play in representing the broader interests of geography education in Scotland and in providing appropriate links between schools, higher education institutions, commerce and industry and the general public.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The collection, transferred to the University of Strathclyde in 1993, is held on deposit from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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Scope and content

This collection forms part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society collection which is held in the main library. This component of the collection contains the rare and valuable items not available for borrowing.

The collection includes works on polar exploration, mountaineering, travel and topography.

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The Royal Scottish Geographical Society continue to make occasional deposits to this collection.

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Finding aids

All the books in this collection are catalogued on SUPrimo the University of Strathclyde Library's integrated search service.

Search "MLRSGSREF" to find a full list of titles in the Royal Scottish Geographical Society reference collection

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