Arthur Hinks collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Hinks regarding articles in the Royal Geographical Society Journal and the British Expedition to Graham Land, 1920-1922 (leader John Lachlan Cope).

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Robert Hinks was born on 26 May 1873 in London. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School in Croydon and read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1895, he was appointed demonstrator in practical astronomy in the university and second assistant at the Cambridge Observatory under Sir Robert Ball, serving as chief assistant between 1903 and 1913. In 1908, Hinks accepted the post of Royal Geographical Society lecturer in surveying and cartography at the Cambridge school of geography and the following year was elected secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, serving as vice-president from 1912 to 1913.

In 1913, Hinks was appointed assistant secretary of the Royal Geographical Society, succeeding John Scott Keltie as its secretary two years later and acting as editor of the Geographical Journal, holding both posts for the remainder of his life. He retained his interest in astronomy, giving the annual Gresham lectures in astronomy at London University from 1913 until 1941.

In 1920, he was awarded the CBE and in 1938 received the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He died on 18 April 1945 at Royston, Hertfordshire.

Published work Hints to travellers, volume 2 organization and equipment; scientific observation; health, sickness and injury edited by Arthur Robert Hinks, Royal Geographical Society London (1938) SPRI Library Shelf 910.2(211)


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Access Information

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The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Dictionary of National Biography, 1941-1950, Oxford University Press London (1967) and Who was who, 1941-1950, Adam & Charles Black London (1952)

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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