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== The Eli Simpson Archive ==
 
== The Eli Simpson Archive ==
  
The Eli Simpson Archive is an extensive collection of material covering caves and caving in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It was compiled by Eli Simpson (1884–1962), the founder of the British Speleological Association (now the [http://bcra.org.uk/ British Cave Research Association] (BCRA)), with contributions from other members.
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The Eli Simpson Archive is an extensive collection of material covering caves and caving in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It was compiled by Eli Simpson (1884–1962), the founder of the British Speleological Association (now the British Cave Research Association (BCRA)), with contributions from other members.
  
 
The core of the archive consists of 100 large-format record books. These are generally 250 pages long and contain a fascinating mixture of maps, surveys, photographs, exploration accounts, newspaper cuttings and published articles. The subject matter dates from the period 1920 through to the 1960s, and includes the discovery and exploration of many of the major cave systems in the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, with lesser collections for the Mendips, Wales, Devon and Scotland, and other ephemera, and Simpson's personal material.
 
The core of the archive consists of 100 large-format record books. These are generally 250 pages long and contain a fascinating mixture of maps, surveys, photographs, exploration accounts, newspaper cuttings and published articles. The subject matter dates from the period 1920 through to the 1960s, and includes the discovery and exploration of many of the major cave systems in the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, with lesser collections for the Mendips, Wales, Devon and Scotland, and other ephemera, and Simpson's personal material.

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