The History of Cartography

Maps Get a New History!

Volume 6, History of Cartography, Cartography in the Twentieth Century
(May 2015), ed. Mark Monmonier

The Complete History of Cartography Series

Volume 1
Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean

Volume 2

Book 1
: Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (1992)

Book 2
: Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies (1995)

Book 3: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies (1998)

Volume 3
Cartography in the European Renaissance

Volume 4

Cartography in the European Enlightenment

Volume 5

Cartography in the Nineteenth Century

Volume 6
Cartography in the Twentieth Century

About the Project
Volumes 1, 2 & 3 Online:
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How to Support the Project


How to Order Books

News & Newsletter Archive
Broadsheet Series:
Literary Selections on Cartography

About the David Woodward
Memorial Fellowship

Cartographic Resources
Exploratory Essays Initiative
for Volume Six
UW–Madison Map Exhibits
Marginalia in cARTography (2014)
Windows on the World (2000)

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About The Project

The History of Cartography Project is a research, editorial, and publishing venture drawing international attention to the history of maps and mapping. The Project's major work is the multi-volume History of Cartography series. Its inter-disciplinary approach brings together scholars in the arts, sciences, and humanities. By considering previously ignored aspects of cartographic history, the Project encourages a broader view of maps that has significantly influenced other fields of study.

Organized by region and time period, The History of Cartography looks at maps in the context of the societies that made and used them. The volumes integrate existing scholarship with new research, examining an unprecedented range of artifacts from local maps to those of the cosmos. The books are extensively illustrated and contain detailed footnotes, appendixes, and reference maps. The award winning series, founded by J. B. Harley and David Woodward, is now edited by a team of scholars and published by the University of Chicago Press.

For information about current Project activities, read our most recently-published newsletter at our archive of Project newsletters.


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Ordering Information

Dust jackets: History of Cartography Volumes One and Two (Books One, Two, and Three)
History of Cartography Volume One
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Dust jacket: History of Cartography Volume Three, Part One Dust jacket: History of Cartography Volume Three, Part Two
History of Cartography Volume Three (Parts 1 and 2)

The History of Cartography

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The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation provide major funding for the History of Cartography Project.* Support for graduate student project assistants is made available by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Letters and Science and through its Graduate School, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. This funding and the long-term viability of the Project depend on additional support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Please consider supporting the History of Cartography Project. Gifts are tax deductible and may be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Donors are acknowledged on the financial support page of the books and in our winter newsletter. As a token of our thanks, supporters also receive a limited edition, hand-printed broadsheet featuring a literary passage about cartography.

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* Material published by the History of Cartography Project is based on editorial work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0322129, 0322200, 0749522, 0749687, 8812674, 9320895, 9975699, and 9975705. The History of Cartography has also been made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the editors and authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, or other sponsors.

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Cartographic Resources on the Internet

Links that may be of interest to visitors to the History of Cartography Project web site. More resources concerning map history may be found using any web search engine.

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Former fellows and information about the:
David Woodward Memorial Fellowship
in the History of Cartography

Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Wisconsin–Madison
(active 2001-2014)

From 2001-2014, the annual David Woodward Memorial Fellowship in the History of Cartography provided scholars with an opportunity to research and write on a subject related to the history of cartography using the resources and academic communities available through the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW). The annual residential fellowship was granted in memory of David Woodward (1942-2004), a founding editor of The History of Cartography and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (1997-2002), and it was made possible by the generosity of Arthur and Janet Holzheimer.

Below is a list of former fellows and their research topics. Many thanks to the Holzheimers for their support and to David Woodward for his inspiration.

Fellowship Recipients, 2001-2014


Mirela Altić (Croatia)

Mapping the Nations: The 19th Century Cartography between Imperial Politics and National Movements–A Case Study of Croatia


Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez (Spain)

Marginalia in cARTography

More information about the spring 2014 exhibit, which explored cartography as an art form with a focus on the artistic representations in the map margins is available from the Chazen Museum of Art. Curator Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez conducted research for the exhibit during her residency at the UW–Madison as the David Woodward Memorial Fellow in 2013.

An exhibit catalog is available in low-resolution (to view or download) or high-resolution (for download only).


Jeremy Crampton (USA)

Cartography and Cartographers at the Origins of America’s First Spy Agency: The Office of Strategic Services and its Development (1917-1945)


Alexey Postnikov (Russia)

Mapping Russia's Frontiers and its Influence on Development of Ideas and Methods in Russian National Cartography (late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries)


Carla Lois (Argentina)

Mapping modernity: Science and civilization in Argentinian cartographical institutions (1853-1941)


Stéphane Blond (France)

Administrative maps in Europe, 1650-1800


Isaac Sáenz (Peru)

Urban cartography and Enlightenment in late viceregal Peru (1687-1800)


Zsolt Török (Hungary)

Marsigli, Marinoni, Mikoviny: Enlightenment cartography in east-central Europe (c. 1700-1750)


Valeria Pansini (France)

Military cartography in the Enlightenment: Fieldwork and the body of the surveyor


Mercedes Camino (New Zealand)

Narratives and maps of four eighteenth-century Spanish voyages to the Pacific (c. 1770-1780)


Neil Safier (USA)

The intersections of anthropology, history, and cartography in the context of eighteenth-century colonial Iberoamerica


Phil Steinberg (USA)

Origins of the territorial state in early modern marine cartography, 1450-1800


George Tolias (Greece)

Forms of map collecting in the Renaissance and the function of maps in the creation of encyclopedic knowledge

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David Woodward
29 August 1942 - 25 August 2004

David Woodward, cofounder of the award-winning History of Cartography series and Arthur H. Robinson Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW), died of cancer on 25 August 2004, at his home in Madison. His passing was peaceful, and he was surrounded by his family.

David Woodward was born in 1942 in Royal Leamington Spa, England. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wales, Swansea, he came to the United States to study cartography under Arthur H. Robinson at UW–Madison, where he earned a doctorate in geography in 1970. David spent the next eleven years at the Newberry Library in Chicago as cartographic specialist, curator of maps, and, from 1974 to 1980, director of its Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. In 1980 David joined the faculty of UW–Madison’s Geography Department and was named Arthur H. Robinson Professor of Geography in 1995. He retired from teaching in August 2002 to dedicate more of his time to research, editing, and outreach.

During a 1977 walk through the countryside in Exeter, England, David Woodward and J. Brian Harley (UW–Milwaukee) developed the idea for what became The History of Cartography. They envisioned an ambitious multi-volume reference work that would examine the social production and consumption of maps across cultures from prehistoric origins to the twentieth century. When Harley died unexpectedly in 1991, David continued the Project, knowing that his friend and colleague’s influence would always be felt.

David skillfully balanced his work on the History of Cartography Project with his other scholarly endeavors and academic responsibilities. In addition to the many awards garnered by the published volumes of The History of Cartography (follow links at /histcart/series.html for more information about each individual volume), David’s international reputation was acknowledged closer to home. He was honored to receive a five-year senior membership at the UW Institute for Research in the Humanities, the UW–Madison Hilldale award in the arts and humanities, and the College of Letters and Sciences Career Service Award, among many other distinctions. He gave hundreds of public lectures, discussing and developing new ideas with others as well as disseminating his research.

David was a prolific and well-regarded scholar; his individual research and editorial works were widely disseminated and highly acclaimed. Among David’s numerous publications are: The All-American Map: Wax-Engraving and Its Influence on Cartography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977); Catalogue of Watermarks in Italian Maps, ca. 1540-1600 (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1996); Maps as Prints in the Italian Renaissance: Makers, Distributors & Consumers (The 1995 Panizzi Lectures) (London: British Library, 1996); Cultural Map of Wisconsin: A Cartographic Portrait of the State (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996), with Robert C. Ostergren, Onno Brouwer, Steven Hoelscher, and Joshua G. Hane; and Approaches and Challenges in a Worldwide History of Cartography (Barcelona: Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, 2001), with Catherine Delano Smith and Cordell Yee.

In spite of his many accomplishments, David was an unassuming man. As one friend simply wrote: “he was by far one of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met. He had a great presence—and a great laugh. He will be missed dearly.”

Wikipedia entry on David Woodward

Link to a translation of Roger Bacon's Opus Maius (ca. 1268), which was made as an aid in writing "Roger Bacon on Geography and Cartography," by David Woodward and Herbert M. Howe in Roger Bacon and the Sciences: Commemorative Essays, ed. Jeremiah Hackett (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997), 199-222. It is posted here for the convenience of researchers.

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To the David Woodward Memorial Fellowship page


Windows on the World exhibit poster

"Windows on the World: A Selection of Historical Maps"

"Windows on the World" was an exhibit at the University of Wisconsin Department of Special Collections that was launched on the occasion of the 24th annual Institute for Research in the Humanities Burdick-Vary symposium on Cartography in the European Renaissance (6-8 April 2000). The symposium was intended as a forum for issues arising out of the research for Volume Three of The History of Cartography. "Windows on the World" reveals to the general public and university community some of the many historical map resources currently available in University of Wisconsin library collections. These cartographic treasures are often overlooked, embedded as they are in a huge library system that must respond to dozens of demanding undergraduate and graduate programs. We hope that this exhibit reminds not only scholars in the history of cartography and the historical geography of the Midwest but the general public as well of these rich primary collections.

Windows on the World Virtual Exhibit

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Project Contacts

Mailing address:
The History of Cartography Project
Department of Geography
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Matthew H. Edney,
Project Director and Editor,

Volume Four, Cartography in the European Enlightenment
Telephone: 207-780-4767

Mary Pedley, Editor,
Volume Four, Cartography in the European Enlightenment
Telephone: 734-764-2347

Roger Kain, Editor,
Volume Five, Cartography in the Nineteenth Century
Telephone: +44 (0)207-862-8736

Mark Monmonier, Editor,
Volume Six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century
Telephone: 315-443-5641

Jude Leimer, Managing Editor
Telephone: 608-263-9347

Beth Freundlich, Project Manager
Telephone: 608-263-3992

Cathy Debevec, Financial Administrator
Telephone: 608-263-3992

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Employment with the Project

No permanent positions available at this time.

Soon—Look for a new, academic staff position, to begin July 2015:
Research coordinator for Volumes 4 and 5 (half- or full-time, pending funding).

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Last Updated: 19 January 2015

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