Faculty, staff and students in the Department of Geography send a warm congratulations to newly minted doctor Dana Freiburger (History of Science, Medicine, and Technology)! Dana has served as the History of Cartography Project‘s illustrations editor for the last twenty-two years. After so much time, we offer our utmost gratitude, bid a heartfelt farewell, and wish him all the best as he embarks on new adventures.
Dana drove from California to Madison for graduate school in January of 2000, settled in as a Project Assistant (PA), and began sourcing and obtaining images and permissions to publish them within various volumes of the History of Cartography. Sometimes he only had a thin description of what he was looking for. If he was lucky he might have had a map title to work from. On a really good day, an author would have provided the name of a library or archive that held a copy of the map. He has worked on thousands of images and four of the six volumes of the History of Cartography.
Dana leaves UW–Madison with two Master’s degrees in addition to his Doctorate. He plans to move to a warmer climate, travel, start new academic projects (one of which may address the question: what can I do with that formerly pesky dissertation?), and pursue new opportunities as they come.
We wish all the best to Dana in his future endeavors!