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

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

Cover of Atlante geografico metodico (Novara: Istituto geografico de Agostini, 1927). Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cover of Atlante geografico metodico, ed. Luigi Visintin  (Novara: Istituto geografico de Agostini, 1927). Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 15 – August 14, 2015

This exhibit honored the path-breaking accomplishments of the History of Cartography Project and the publication of volume six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century.

Tom Tews of the Geography Library and Jaime Stoltenberg of the Robinson Map Library on campus worked with us to select items for the exhibit, which also included materials from the History of Cartography Project collections. On display were 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 honored 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.