RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 11
Datec 1900-1920
Extent1 box of photos, 1 box of lantern slides
TitleWilliam Harding King photographs relating to his explorations of the Libyan Desert
DescriptionThis collection comprises a series of 508 black and white photographs, which were taken by William Joseph Harding King to illustrate two books 'A Search for the Masked Tawareks' and 'Across the Libyan Desert'. The print photographs are now contained in one box. One wooden box of 55 glass lantern slides is also included.
Admin HistoryWilliam Joseph Harding King (1869-1933), explorer, FRGS, was educated at Jesus College Cambridge, and apparently lived at Wollescote Hall, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire.

He travelled extensively in the north African deserts; in 1900 and 1908 he was in the Western Sahara and in 1909-1912 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.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialOther papers of Harding-King are held at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementThe collection was originally housed in 4 negative boxes, in which the photographs were collated in a range of envelopes, annotated by Harding King. Contents of the original envelopes have been retained during cataloguing. The following list details the arrangement of the collection prior to cataloguing work:

Box 1, Kodak negative album box (light brown):
Envelope 1 'Biskra'
Envelope 2, 'Tawareks'
Envelope 3, 'Gazelle scattering, no. 4, camel back view, camel profile'
Envelope 4, 'Compound rippling... dune'
Envelope 5, 'Tongourt no. 1, 1. Two figures washing, 2. Arcades'
Envelope 6, 'Kharga reserve'
Envelope 7, 'Biskra'
Envelope 8, 'Constantine Sahara'
Envelope 9, 'Biskra & Sahara'
Envelope 10, 'Photographs Harding-King'
Envelope 11, 'Biskara games'
[Envelope 12], loose photographs

Box 2, 'Developers for plates', Imperial Dry Plate Co Ltd, Cricklewood (dark brown box):
Envelope 1, blank envelope
Envelope 2, 'Tangourt'
[Envelope 3], loose photographs
[Envelope 4], one glass plate negative
Envelope 5, 'Lancaster and Son, Birmingham' envelope

Box 3, 'Antique Silurian, Midland Educational Co Ltd, Corporation Street, Birmingham' (blue box):
[Envelope 1], loose photographs
Envelope 2, 'Dakhla photos'
Envelope 3, 'The masked tawareks: surplus illustrations and one film', 'Algerian Sahara'
Envelope 4, 'The masked tawareks: illustrations to be used', 'Algerian Sahara'
Envelope 5, 'Cairo Photographic Stores no. 41698', 'Sundry reserve'
[Envelope 6], loose photographs
4 empty envelopes

Box 4, 'Waldorf Club, size - court, shade - ivory' (grey/green/red box):
Envelope 1, 'Algerian Sahara'
Envelope 2, 'Algerian Sahara', '...? 22 photos'
Envelope 3, 'Farafra, Kanoiou ? and Bath...ger Reserve'
Envelope 4, 'Portraits Baswa'
[Envelope 5], loose photographs
Envelope 6, 'Desert reserve'
Envelope 7, 'Bull fight'
Envelope 8, 'Libyan desert: duplicates'
Envelope 9, 'Locust plague Constantine'
Envelope 10, 'Libyan desert - not wanted?'
Envelope 11, 'orange envelope 'John Barker and Co, Kensington, order no. 2290'
Finding_AidsListed. A handlist is available on request, compiled by Lyndsay Perkins, Dept. of Geography, Mar-Apr 2005 and Jul-Sep 2005, inputted onto CALM by Tom Boggis, Geoff Edwards and Chris Pittard, Sep-Dec 2005.
Creator_NameKing; William Joseph Harding (1869-1933); explorer
Mgt_GroupMiddle Eastern papers
Visual culture papers
DS/UK/24King; William Joseph Harding (1869-1933); explorer1869-1933
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