Original Colonel Percy Fawcett Documents

Documents held at Royal Geographical Society - FAWCETT, Lt Col Percy Harrison (1867-1925)

IDENTITY STATEMENT - Reference code(s): GB 0402 PHF - Date(s): 1906-1988 - Extent: 4 boxes and 25 files - Name of creator(s): Fawcett | Percy Harrison | 1867-[1925] | explorer | Lieutenant Colonel

CONTEXT - Administrative/Biographical history: Born, 1867; educated at Newton School, Newton Abbott; Westminster School, 1881-1882; commission in the Royal Artillery, 1886; first posting to Trincomalee, in Ceylon, 1886; took a course of gunnery instruction at Shoeburyness, Essex, and was posted to Falmouth, Cornwall, 1890s; undercover officer sent to Morocco; undertook the War Office training on boundary survey and obtained a diploma; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1901-1930 (presumed deceased); Hong Kong, then to Ceylon, 1902; posted to Spike Island, co. Cork, 1903; chief Bolivian commissioner, leading a survey party from the falls of the Rio Madeira to the source of the Rio Acre, then down the Abuna, Bolivian boundary commission, 1906-1907; exploration of the unknown upper reaches of the Rio Heath, Bolivia-Peru boundary, 1908-; third boundary survey, Bolivia-Peru boundary, 1911; resigned from the Army; rejoined the Army in First World War, 158th brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, 1916-1919; expedition to Corumbá, on the border with Bolivia, 1920-1921; several journeys between the Rio São Francisco and the Atlantic coast before he re-equipped and set off alone into the interior; organised a final expedition to Brazil in 1925, the party vanished without trace.

CONTENT - Scope and content/abstract: Papers of and relating to Percy Fawcett including 'The exploration of the Rio Aquiry', 1906-1907; letters to Reginald Pound, 1923 and to the editor of World Wide Magazine, 1923; report to the Royal Anthropological Institute, London, 15 Nov 1951, on some human remains brought from Brazil by Senor Chateaubriand and thought to be those of P. H. Fawcett; astronomical observations, Bolivia-Peru boundary and Bolivia-Brazil boundary, 1908-1910; 'The new frontier between Bolivia and Peru', 1910 and papers relating to the search for Col Fawcett. Biographical note: FRGS 1901-1930 (presumed deceased). Language note: English

The phantom trail of Colonel Fawcett - Kigar, Paul Donovan - Copy info: 1 copy available in LIBRARY - Call number Copies Material Location - sa M103B-C 1 Part-Work Library                     Control number: 372212 - Personal Author: Kigar, Paul Donovan - Title: The phantom trail of Colonel Fawcett. By Paul Donovan Kigar.
Physical descrip: map, ill., portraits, facsimile - Personal subject: Fawcett, Percy Harrison, 1867-1925? - Host item entry: Americas (Washington) 27(1975) 4: 17-24

Related material: RGS Archives Correspondence Blocks: All correspondence from Fawcett and his wife, and letters concerning the search for Fawcett are filed in one collection: from Corr. Block, 1881-1910: 15 letters 1906-10 and 15 letters from Nina Fawcett; from Corr. Block 1911-20: 64 letters and two memoranda and 18 letters from Nina Fawcett. Corr. Block 1921-30: 24 letters 1921-25 and 3 memoranda; from Scott Keltie correspondence 72 letters 1917-25.


Colonel P. H. Fawcett with Mato Grosso in Brazil - Photographer Unknown - Pages: 1 photograph: Copy info: 1 copy available in PICLIB - 1 copy total in all locations. Holdings - Call number Copies Material Location A150/045538 1 Picture library item.

Colonel Fawcett just before he ventured into Xingu - Pages: 1 photo - Copy info: 1 copy available in PICLIB.
1 copy total in all locations. Holdings Call number Copies Material Location - PR/042070 1 Picture library item Picture Library

Colonel P. H. Fawcett with Mato Grosso in Brazil - Fawcett, Percy Harrison, 1867-1925? Pages: 1 photograph (copy)
Copy info: 1 copy available in PICLIB. 1 copy total in all locations. Holdings - Call number Copies Material Location - PR/026551(A) 1 Picture library item. - Personal Author: Fawcett, Percy Harrison, 1867-1925? Title: Colonel P. H. Fawcett with Mato Grosso in Brazil.
Physical descrip: 1 photograph (copy) b/w, fair; 6 x 8 inches - General Note: For an enlargement see A150/045538(A). This is a reversal of the original, which is a small sepia print . Date capture: 1925 Other forms: Transparency (stored with print) Other forms: Negative B7939
Acquisitions source: Mrs Fawcett 1925 - Personal subject: Fawcett, Percy Harrison, 1867-1925? - Personal subject: Grosso, Mato.

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