Harding King Photographs

Scope and Content

The only archival material in The Desert Collection is these series of photographs which were taken by King to illustrate A search for the Masked Tawareks and Across the Libyan Desert.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Joseph Harding King (1869-1933), explorer, FRGS, was educated at Jesus College Cambridge. He travelled extensively in the north African deserts. In 1900 and 1908 he was in the Western Sahara and in 1909-12 he explored the central portions of the Libyan Desert. He took part in 1913 with Oric Bates in the archaeological expedition to Marmarica. He was the author of two books - A search for the Masked Tawareks (1903) and Across the Libyan Desert (1923) - and a number of articles.


The photographs reside in their original packages at present.

Access Information

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Custodial History

The photograph collection was removed from boxes in the Roborough Building basement containing 'The Desert Collection' in 2000. The Desert Collection is a series of artefacts, including pots, costumes etc. These had apparently been bequeathed to the University College of the South West.


A few of the photographs were used by King for his two books, mentioned above.