Collections Highlight: Environmental Science and History Digital Archive, The Royal Geographic Society with Institute of British Geographers Digital Archive

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The Libraries continually strive to expand access to relevant resources that benefit the entire community. Each month, we’d like to highlight the interesting and high-quality resources we’ve recently added to the collection. We encourage you to explore and engage with the rich diversity of content the Libraries work hard to curate for the university. We’re very excited about these new offerings!

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Environmental Science and History Digital Archive

The Environmental Science and History digital archive focuses on critical aspects of anthropogenic change and includes unique and rare archival collections from multiple global sources. Partners include the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), The National Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew), the Commonwealth Forestry Archive at Bangor University, and the Ecological Society of America. The collection will build to approximately one million pages and images of primary sources featuring data-heavy collections on Deforestation, Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (Food Production); Ecology, Botany, Biodiversity, and Extinction; Water Sources, Irrigation, Wetlands, and Hydrology. The primary sources for this archive enable the impacts of human activity on the natural world to be traced, researched, and analyzed through documents, images, data, maps, and photographs. 

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The Royal Geographic Society with Institute of British Geographers Digital Archive

The Royal Geographical Society was founded in 1830 to promote the advancement of geographical sciences. Since its creation, the Society has been home to notable scientists, geographers, and explorers who have helped understand and map the world as we know it. This digital archive represents the world’s largest private collection of maps and charts, (over 150,000 items) held in the Society’s headquarters in London, complimented by manuscripts, field notes, expedition reports, scrapbooks, correspondence, diaries, illustrations, sketches, drawings, photographs, and lantern slides. Primary resources within this collection supports wide ranging research themes (Expeditions to Africa, Colonization and Decolonization, International Trade Route Development, etc.), subjects (Cartography, Ethnography, Urban Studies, etc.) and areas of study. (Arctic/Antarctic Studies, Asian/Asian Pacific Studies, Caribbean Studies, etc.)

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