Mapmaking: Sources from the Geography Library, Map Library, and Special Collections


Department of Special Collections
976 Memorial Library – 728 State St.

A mapmaking exhibit is currently on display in the UW–Madison Memorial Library, Special Collections Department. This exhibit honors the accomplishments of the History of Cartography Project, which published volume six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century, earlier this spring.

Tom Tews of the Geography Library and Jaime Martindale of the Robinson Map Library worked with Special Collections to select items for the exhibit, which includes materials from the History of Cartography Project collections. On display are maps, books, aerial photographs, and related items from the 16th century to the 21st, with most from the 20th century, in line with the focus of Cartography in the Twentieth Century.

The exhibit also honors the important contributions of Arthur H. Robinson, founder of the Robinson Map Library, University of Wisconsin Cartographic Laboratory, and Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office, and David Woodward, who, with J. B. Harley, founded the History of Cartography Project. Woodward was also a valued friend of the Department of Special Collections and accomplished book artist.

The exhibit is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, through August 14, 2015.


Author: Geography Staff

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