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Papers of Kenneth Mason


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Correspondence and papers of Kenneth Mason relating to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the Himalayan Journal and the 'Admiralty Handbooks'.


  • Creation: 1930-1946


0.6 Linear metres (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8325, fol. 1].

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MSS. Eng. c. 8325-8328

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6768


Papers of Kenneth Mason, geographer and mountaineer, relating to survey work and publications.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth Mason (1887-1976) was a geographer and mountaineer. He joined the survey of India in 1909 and in 1929 co-founded the Himalayan Club and its publication, the Himalayan Journal, which he edited until 1945.

Mason was Professor of Geography at Oxford University from 1932 to 1953. During the Second World War he worked with the Naval Intelligence Division based in Oxford which organised a series of 'Admiralty Handbooks' on overseas territories.

For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Bodleian Library from the School of Geography, Oxford University, in 2012.

Related Materials

Bodleian Library: correspondence with Sir Marc Aurel Stein is in the Stein Papers and correspondence with Sir John Linton Myres is in the Myres Papers.

Catalogue of the Papers of Kenneth Mason
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom