Geography department archives
The Research and Higher Education Committee of the RGS-IBG, with guidance from Charlie Withers and Ron Johnston, encourages geography departments to consider what records should be considered for long-term preservation.
These records might include:
- Departmental histories - founding, staff, changes in research areas and subject specialties
- Enrolment data (number of students, degrees awarded, by subject)
- Staff data (FTE, grade, specialities)
- Departmental meeting minutes and policies
- Endowments, grants, funding and research chairs
- Research data that is unpublished and/or that cannot be deposited with a specialist repository
The following resources may help your Department in planning the archival process:
Examples of geography department histories and archives
Many geography departments have documented their histories in books and/or publish links to historical newsletters and events on their websites, such as those listed below.
The University of Glasgow Department of Geography celebrated its centenary in 2009, and the website contains reports from centenary activities as well as a history of the department and a list of archival sources for future research. In addition, a special edition of the Scottish Geographical Journal was published (Vol 125 No 3-4)
The University of Sheffield Department of Geography celebrated its centenary in 2008, with a published history of the department, a lecture series, and an expedition
The University of Edinburgh Department of Geography celebrated its centenary in 2007. You can read a short history of the department and find other centenary resources online. In addition, a special edition of the Scottish Geographical Journal was published to celebrate the department and its teaching (Volume 124, No 2-3)