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Wiley Digital Archives and the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Partner to Digitize Millions of Pages of Unique Primary Source Content


Hoboken, N.J—November 12, 2018— John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE:JWa) (NYSE:JWb) is pleased to announce its newest Wiley Digital Archives partner, the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG). The partnership between Wiley and RGS-IBG, one of the world’s largest and most active scholarly geographical societies, is a new endeavor in a continuing relationship that spans over 18 years and includes an extensive journals and books program.

Wiley and RGS-IBG will work together with academic advisors, fellows, members, archivists and librarians to identify and organize the content for digitization. Several million images will be conserved and scanned, including manuscripts, maps, illustrations, monographs, field notes, meeting minutes, administrative records, proceedings, correspondence, ephemera and other archival content from among the extensive holdings at the RGS-IBG library and archives.

“The unique and incredibly rich material in our archive tells the story of geographical science and global exploration from our creation in 1830 onwards and this collaboration will encourage new educational and scholarly enquiry into aspects of our Collections,” said Professor Joe Smith, Director, RGS-IBG.

“We are so proud to be able to extend our partnership with the RGS-IBG to preserve and disseminate their invaluable historical documents to the global research community,” said Judy Verses, Executive Vice President of Research, Wiley.

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About the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830, our Royal Charter of 1859 is for “the advancement of geographical science.” Today, we deliver this objective through developing, supporting and promoting geographical research, expeditions and fieldwork, education, public engagement, and geography input to policy. We aim to foster an understanding and informed enjoyment of our world. We hold the world's largest private geographical collection and provide public access to it. We have a thriving Fellowship and membership and offer the professional accreditation “Chartered Geographer.” Visit our website at

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