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Journeys in Arabia

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 67

Scope and Contents

Copies of letters from John Goepel to his parents written during his time in Aden, April-November 1939, 38 pages. There are 11 photographs illustrating the text. On the inside cover are manuscript maps. The letters discuss Goepel's duties, which were complicated by rivalries between local rulers. They are preceded by an introduction dated 11 February 1984.


  • Creation: 1984


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

John Goepel (b. 1906) attended Christ's College, Cambridge. He served for ten years in the Fiji Administrative Service, and wrote a textbook on the Fijian language. In 1939 he was appointed Political Officer in the Aden Protectorate.


.003 cubic metre(s) (1 folder) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 21

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. I. The photographs in the collection are described under Y3021C in the Photograph catalogue, vol. 6.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by John Goepel, March 1986.

Existence and Location of Originals

The originals of Goepel's letters are kept at Rhodes House Library, Oxford.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies of Goepel's letters are kept at Christ's College, Cambridge.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Goepel, John, b 1906

Includes index.
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Language of description
Script of description

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