Archives & Special Collections Open Day 2017

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|20th November 2017|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

“Amazing! Diaries, photos, maps, SOAS history – absolutely wonderful!” “The range of material is a real testament to the collections SOAS holds” “Useful to see the range of the collection so I can promote it when training students and speaking to staff” “I have a far less abstract idea of the archives and special collections now and feel increased confidence in visiting” Just some of the great feedback from our

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Dr Cyrus Ala’i’s Map Collection of Persia

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|23rd January 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

To mark the opening of a new exhibition in the Brunei Gallery, Maps of Persia 1477-1925: A graphical journey through the history of Iran, this week’s blog highlights the recent acquisition of unique Persian maps, which are now catalogued and available for consultation in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. In January 2013 Dr Cyrus Ala’i presented  part of his unique map collection to the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS

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The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: Map-making

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|7th May 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives is running at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 17 May 2014. This blog series highlights some of the fascinating stories and archives selected for the exhibition from the collections at SOAS Library. Livingstone’s maps, reports and published narratives of his travels gave the world their first view of the interior of south-central Africa and changed people’s perceptions of that continent. By looking

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