1981 – 1982 Meetings

Date: September 17, 1981
Title: Early Cartography of the American West
Speaker: Kenneth Nebenzahl, Kenneth Nebenzahl, Inc.
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Date: October 20, 1981
Title: The Heights of Mountains and the Lengths of Rivers: The Other Plates in the Atlas
Speaker: John Wolter, Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Date: November 19, 1981
Title: Cartographic Self-Portraits
Speaker: James A. Welu, Chief Curator and Curator of European Arts, Worchester Art Museum, Worchester, Mass.
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Date: December 10. 1981
Title: Rand McNally Christmas Cards
Speaker: Andrew McNally III, Chairman of the Board, Rand McNally & Co.
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Each Christmas for over thirty years, Rand McNally & Co. has sent its customers and friends a facsimile of an old map as a Christmas card. Mr. McNally will offer us an illustrated history of this unique and festive cartographic enterprise.

Date: January 21, 1982
Title: Looking at Early Maps
Speaker: J. B. Hartley, Professor of Geography, University of Exeter
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Dr. Hartley is one of the foremost scholars of the history of cartography in the world, and we are fortunate to be able to have him as a speaker. He will be in this country in connection with his work as co-editor (with David Woodard) of the proposed multi-volume History of Cartography.

Date: February 18, 1982
Title: Newspaper Cartography
Speaker: David Jahntz, Graphic Arts Department, Chicago Tribune
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

For many people, the maps in newspapers, magazines and on television are probably their only contact with cartography. Newspaper cartography combines the special challenge of presenting geographic information clearly to a generally unsophisticated public with the sometimes critical demands of the “late-breaking” news story. Mr. Jahntz’s talk will be profusely illustrated with material from the Tribune’s files.

Date: March 18, 1982
Title: Chinese Cartography
Speaker: Theodore N. Foss, University of Chicago
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

Dr. Foss will discuss, and illustrate with slides, some highlights of indigenous Chinese mapping, beginning with the traditional cosmography and including the recently discovered and remarkably accurate Han maps. He will also discuss the European mapping of China, including the great 18th century Jesuit survey, and some of the little-known Chinese voyages of discovery. This will be the first Map Society program ever devoted to oriental cartography and promises to be very interesting.

Date: April 15, 1982
Title: Two Award-Winning Films on the Mapping of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell: Canyon Geologist and The 1923 Surveying Expedition of the Colorado of the Colorado River
Speaker: A special screening of two movies produced by the U. S. Geological Survey
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library

A special exhibition of maps of the Canyon will follow the screening.

Date: May 20, 1982
Title: A History of the Ordnance Survey One-Inch Maps
Speaker: Robert Parry, University of Reading
Location: Fellows’ Lounge, The Newberry Library