The Manuscript archive (PDF) collection consists of:
- Material arising out of the conduct of Society business
- Manuscripts relating to persons or subjects of special interest
Individual special collections may not be fully comprehensive but do complement those in other establishments.
The document collection includes a few papers from before the Society's foundation in 1830.
The collection is particularly useful to:
- Biographers of nineteenth and early twentieth century travellers and geographers
- Research into the development of geographical knowledge and the historical development of geography