Cartography - Archive of Exhibitions Which Closed in 1999

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October 4, 1998 - January 1999 - Madison, WI
Mapping Our Place: Maps of the UW-Madison Campus. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Archives (General Library System), in cooperation with Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, has prepared an exhibition of campus maps which illustrate:
(1) the development of the campus from 1850 to 1998
(2) the famous Robinson Projection world map that, combining art and science, reflects more accurately the globe on a flat map
(3) the role of maps in scholarly research (including the Cultural Map of Wisconsin)
(4) the fate of several campus architectural designs once planned to alter the map of our place.
The public is cordially invited to visit the Archives at B134 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53706, Phone: 608/262-5629, Fax: 608/265-2754, email:

November 12, 1998 - January 7, 1999 - Delft, Holland
A birds' eye flight over Delft, 1660. With the help of advanced computer programmes, recently a 3D (= three-dimensional, spatial) representation has been crafted of the Dutch town of Delft as it was in 1660. A full size presentation of the above can now be seen in the Technical Museum of Delf, 61, Ezelsveldlaan, close to the East Gate (Oostpoort), Delft, Holland, telephone (+15) 213 8311. By moving a special space mouse every visitor can start a computer programme and fly over Delft interactively. Special glasses allow you to see depth in a stereo vision.

October 9, 1998 - January 10, 1999 - Paris
The National Library of France, including the Department of Maps and Plans, is closed until October 8. They will reopen on October 9 at the Richelieu address, 58 Rue Richelieu, on October 9. The collections of periodicals (and other collections) will be at a new location, library François Mitterrand, Quai François Mauriac. Business hours will be 10-6 Monday-Friday, 10-5 on Saturday. The reopening coincides with the beginning of an outstanding cartographic exhibition Colors of the Earth: From Medieval World Maps to Satellite Images which will be open at the Richelieu location. At the same time at the François Mitterrand location, there will be another exhibition, Figures of the Heavens, which will take the visitor from medieval manuscripts to Internet sites.

November 20, 1998 - January 24, 1999 - Antwerp, Belgium
In commemoration of the 400th year of Ortelius' death, the Museum Plantin-Moretus will present an exhibition on the Antwerp mapmaker. For additional information contact: Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerpen (tel.: +32 3 233.02.94 / +32 3 232.24.55 / +32 3 234.12.83; fax: +32 3 226.25.16).

Until January 29, 1999 - Vienna
Susanne Claudine Pils, redactor of the Austrian Cities Atlas, has created a small exhibition Das europäische Städtenetz. Der österreichische Städteatlas als Beitrag zu einem europäischen Projekt for the Vienna City Archive. It can be seen in the rooms of the archive in the Vienna City Hall (Monday-Thursday 0800-1800, Friday 0800-1600).

January 18, 1999 - February 3, 1999 - Zurich
Die Professur für italienische Literatur und die Bibliothek der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich freuen sich, Sie einzuladen zur Ausstellung Galileo Galilei und der 'Dialog über die beiden hauptsächlichsten Weltsysteme, das ptolemäische und das kopernikanische' aus Anlass des Erscheinens der kritischen und kommentierten Ausgabe dieses Meisterwerks von Galileo Galilei, herausgegeben von Ottavio Besomi und Mario Helbing Die Ausstellung findet in der Haupthalle und dem Foyer der ETH-Bibliothek statt [ETH Zentrum, Rämistrasse 101, CH-8092 Zürich], montags bis freitags von 08.00-22.00 Uhr, am Samstag bis 17.00 Uhr. Eintritt frei.

October 6, 1998 - February 13, 1999 - Portland, Maine
Maps of Spain from the Enggass Collection are on display at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine. This exhibition showcases the recent donation of nearly one hundred maps of Spain, the Iberian Peninsula, and Spanish colonial possessions. This gift was made by Prof. Peter M. Enggass, formerly chair of Geography and Geology at Mt. Holyoke College. The maps date from 1486 to 1829. The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is pleased to make this collection available to the communities of the University of Southern Maine, to the people of Maine, and to the public generally. The forty-five items in this exhibition provide a key resource for anyone interested in the cultural history of Spain and Portugal. They also illustrate certain themes in the history of European regional cartography in the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries.

October 24, 1998 - March 20, 1999 - New York thy Map securely saile... An exhibition of maps, atlases, charts and globes from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection, Map Division, New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The Slaughter collection of English maps, charts, atlases, globes and books relating to Colonial North America has come to The New York Public Library, Center for Humanities, Map Division. Mr. Slaughter died in June 1996, and his family determined in 1997 that the collection would come to N.Y.P.L. so that the collection would be kept together and made accessible to the general public, scholars and collectors.

Some 600 maps, 100 atlases and 50 books focusing on English Colonial North America make up this unique collection, which will be kept together and named for Mr. Slaughter. Over a twenty year period Mr. Slaughter, with the assistance of E. Forbes Smiley III, a New York map dealer, developed this collection specifically around the history of English mapping of the Middle Atlantic colonies in North America. In addition, there are numerous Dutch and French maps complementing the English maps, and there are maps and charts covering many areas outside the Middle Atlantic colonies.

Included in the Collection are Mark Tiddeman's Draught of New York Harbor, 1749?; the "Ratzen" plan of the City, first edition, first state; the Montresor plan of New York; John Thornton's chart of Long Island, showing New York City, 1689. Among the books is Christopher Colles' Survey of the Roads, 1789; John Speed's A Prospect of the World, 1646 and 1668; John Seller's Atlas Terrestris/Atlas Minimus, 1685; Thornton's The English Pilot, the Fourth Book [America] 1689,1713, and 1732; Mitchell's map of British Dominions, 1755; George Willdey's composite atlas, ca. 1717; William Berry's collection of 41 maps, 1680-1702. Two magnificent 18" library globes, by John Senex, 1720, in wonderfully spirited clawfoot cradles, are included with the Collection.

January 15, 1999 - April 30, 1999 - New York
The New York Academy of Sciences presents an exhibit of maps, Mapping Heaven and Earth, drawn during the 15th and 18th centuries, reflecting the changing political and geographical boundaries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the New World. Several mapmakers also looked to the heavens and recorded their visions of the cosmos, the earliest being the Ptolemaic map of an earth-centered universe, drawn on the eve of Copernicus's change to a sun-centered universe, the solar system. The exhibit is open to the public in the Gallery of Art and Science, located in the Academy building, 2 E. 63rd St. at Fifth Ave, Monday to Friday 10:00 AM. to 5:00 PM.

February 23, 1999 - May 8, 1999 - Portland, Maine
A free, public exhibition chronicling Portuguese contributions to the Age of Discovery, and the later Portuguese migration to New England is on display at University of Southern Maine's Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education: Celebrating the Portuguese Communities in America: A Cartographic Perspective. Hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 9 AM to 1 PM Saturdays. The map library, which features some 20,000 rare maps dating back to 1475, is located on the first floor of USM's Glickman Family Library, Forest Avenue, Portland.

The traveling exhibition is a replica of the original 1997 show presented at the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Portugal. Rare original maps from private collections and the Osher Map Library will complement the traveling exhibition. One of the original pieces commemorates the bicentennial of the founding of Lisbon Falls, Me., one of 37 towns in the U.S. named after the Portuguese capital and cultural center.
The exhibit highlights Portugal's role in the search for a route from Europe to Asia. In addition, maps and photographs document the Portuguese migration of the late 1800s and early 1900s to find employment in the fishing and textile industries of New England. For more information, including group tour information, please call 780-4850. The exhibition also can be viewed on the Library of Congress web page at

April 17, 1999 - May 29, 1999 - Berlin
Kartenabteilung of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz (= Map Department of the State Library at Berlin, Germany, Prussian Cultural Heritage). German title of the exhibition: Antike Welten - Neue Regionen, Heinrich Kiepert 1818 - 1899 (= Antique Worlds - New regions/areas, Geographer and Cartographer Heinrich Kiepert 1818 - 1899). Additional information about this cartographic exhibition of Heinrich Kiepert, one of the most important persons of cartography in 19th century Germany, is on the following web page:

January 12, 1999 - July 1, 1999 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Erwin Raisz: 100 Years of Art & Science in Cartography. An exhibit of manuscript drawings, maps, journals, and publications of Harvard's most prominent mapmaker. Erwin Josephus Raisz was born in Hungary in 1893 and spent most of his life in the United States as a cartographer and taught at Columbia, Harvard, Clark, Virginia, Florida, and British Columbia. Among his contributions he was the first to offer a course in cartography at Columbia (1927) and joined the Institute of Geographical Exploration at Harvard in 1931 and for twenty years taught cartography and was responsible for the Institute's collection of maps. He was very active professionally publishing his first edition of General Cartography in 1938 as was appointed the first map supplement editor for the AAG Annals in 1957. This exhibit will be at Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library; Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Further information is available by calling the Harvard Map Collection at 617.495.2417.

April 8, 1999 - mid-July, 1999 - London
The British Library Map Library is happy to announce what we hope will be the first of many displays in its new building in St Pancras. Wall tiles and free parking: escape and evasion maps of World War II will be on show until the early summer. The exhibition features items from the Waddington Archive describing Waddington's involvement in an unusual venture during the Second World War: creating maps on silk and tissue paper for military use and for smuggling to prisoners of war. The maps were commissioned by MI9, the branch of the Secret Service responsible for escape and evasion. The archive of Waddington's correspondence relating to the military maps fills four volumes and a small fraction concerning the early days of the project is on display. The exhibition also features maps that the prisoners in a Prisoner of War camp near Braunscweig printed themselves on a home made printing press virtually under the noses of their German guards. The display is in the foyer of the Maps Reading Room, in the new British Library building (96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB).

June 14, 1999 - September 18, 1999 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, announces Carto-Maine-ia: Puzzles and Wraps and Oddball Maps, an exhibition of 'cartifacts' and map memorabilia from the eighteenth century to the present. This exhibition of map memorabilia is based on several collections including that of Tony Naden, former owner of the Harvard Square Map Store. It showcases maps on all sorts of objects -- toys, jigsaw puzzles, parlor games, stamps, envelopes, greeting cards, postcards, napkins, placemats, dinner plates, table cloths, tea towels, tiles, trivets, bottles, lamp shades, hats, T-shirts, shower curtains, etc. -- all guaranteed to delight and entertain young and old on a rainy summer afternoon!

August 2, 1999 - end of September, 1999 - London
The Map Room of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) has an exhibition of maps showing the paths of the total solar eclipse over England & Wales. These are contemporary maps of the Ordnance Survey for the eclipses of 15 March 1858, 29 June 1927, and of 11 August 1999. Thus, our exhibition concentrates on the national mapping organisation's products of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and - fortuitously - acts as a continuation of those of the 18th century in the British Library Map Library's exhibition below. The maps (with other related material) may be viewed in the Society's House Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.00 hours. Visitors from abroad (including Martians and other ETs) should remember that Monday 30 August is a Bank Holiday (i.e. public holiday) in the United Kingdom, and we shall be closed that day. Additional information from Francis Herbert (Curator of Maps, RGS-IBG).

June 29, 1999 - October 1, 1999 - Hereford, England
An exhibition of the Hereford Mappa Mundi and a number of ancient world maps will be held at the Hereford Cathedral. The famous medieval Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral is often referred to as the largest and finest of its kind in existence, yet there is still much to learn about its hidden meanings and history. As part of the Mappa Mundi Conference 1999, the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition is bringing together nearly all the few surviving examples of medieval world maps from collections around the globe. These maps and books, some of which have never been seen publicly before, will be exhibited alongside the Hereford Mappa Mundi and Chained Library in the beautiful, award-winning New Library Building at Hereford Cathedral creating an exhibition of unique and historical significance.

June 29, 1999 - October 3, 1999 - Paris
The History of Maps: A Parisian Atlas at the Pavillon de I'Arsenal, 21 boulevard Morland, 75004 Paris. Entrance is free. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sundays 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Additional information can be obtained from Philippe Fournié or Valérie Spicht

"Where am I?", you ask. "You are here" responds a map consulted on the street or in the metro. The citizen is familiar with these maps that situate the citizen within the city . Maps contain so much information, at the same time offering an easily read image to represent any city or the world itself. Cartographic representations are such a familiar format that there's nothing shocking about them, we are not surprised by their forms, their scale, or their multitude of destinations. Essentially these plans, representing territory, reveal a rich history which initially served only the powerful as a tool of control and domination. This history of representation, captured as a sequence of static images, summarizes the history of urbanization in Paris. From the first "portraits" of the Renaissance to the accurately measured maps, the atlas, which characterized most of the 19th century until the emergence of new cartographic techniques, represented realistic flows and networks; a history which merits revision. This exposition attempts to reunite rare original documents and assemble them alone new lines. Maps, tools for representing reality, represent a projection of the human spirit. They are an indispensable tool for cultural research, action, and projects. This collection of "photogaphies graphiques" creates a virtual promenade through the history of Paris.

April 27, 1999 - October 9, 1999 - Cambridge, England
"A brave bad man": Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658, an exhibition at Cambridge University Library (closed 16 to 23 September 1999), Mon-Fri 09.00-18.00, Sat 09.00-12.30. This exhibition is part of the nationwide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Cromwell's birth. Among the items on display are the maps of Great Britain and Huntingdonshire from the "Gardner Copy" of John Speed's The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain; a collection of sixty-six proof impressions of the maps, c. 1611. Of three known sets of proof, this is the most complete; it is also the only coloured set.

May 22, 1999 - October 24, 1999 - Alexandria, Virginia
Visitors to Old Town Alexandria will find a treasure trove of period maps and historic objects related to the City's founding at The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum. The exhibit, Changing Perceptions: Charting Alexandria, 1590-1999, is part of the continuing 250th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the City of Alexandria. Changing Perceptions will explore the history of Virginia and the area that would become Alexandria through rare and original 16th through 20th century maps and objects, providing a unique perspective of Alexandria's place in the world.
A four-color illustrated checklist which provides a comprehensive overview of exhibition maps and objects, published by the Alexandria Association and The Lyceum Company, will be available for purchase. For further information regarding this event phone 703/838-4994. Parking and admission to The Lyceum are free. Located at 201 South Washington Street, on the comer of Prince and South Washington Streets, The Lyceum is in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

August 9, 1999 - end of October, 1999 - London
The British Library Map Library is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, The Shadow of the Moon: an exhibition of British solar eclipse mapping in the 18th century. The exhibition is curated by Geoff Armitage, author of the recent book of the same title, copies of which are available for purchase in the Library's Bookshop. The exhibition is located in the lobby at the entrance to the Maps Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the British Library at St. Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (nearest tubes: Kings Cross/St. Pancras or Euston). Additional examples of eclipse mapping will also be on display in the "Treasures of the British Library" in the Ritblat Gallery on the upper ground floor for the next few weeks, where there are other maps on permanent exhibition. Map Library is open Monday 10-5, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30-5; the Library building is open seven days. Please call 0171 412 7702 for further information.

November 14, 1999 - December 15, 1999 - Annapolis, Maryland
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College will be exhibiting 65 items--maps and books-- from the collection of Dr. Leonard Rothman depicting the Holy Land. It "is a highly selective representative sample of maps chosen to immerse the viewer in western cartography focused on the Holy Land".

April 23, 1999 - December 15, 1999 - Richmond, Virginia
Mapping Virginia, a major exhibition will be on display at The Library of Virginia, 11th Street at Capitol Square (800 East Broad Street). It will include more than 50 maps and books exploring Virginia's cartographic history. In five sections and with three interactive computer programs, the exhibition will provide insight into how maps were made, how maps reflect changing concepts of the environment, how maps indicate changing society, and how maps suggest Virginia's role in the colonial empire and the American republic. Among the maps on exhibit will be the 1827 Boyne map, the 1755 Mitchell map of British claims in North America, the 1807 Madison map of Virginia, and the 1770 John Henry map of Virginia. The library is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday through Saturday, holidays excepted.

August 15, 1999 - December 30, 1999 - Arlington, Texas
Legacies: Celebrating the Donations of Jenkins and Virginia Garrett, Special Collections Division, Central Library, University of Texas at Arlington. 1999 marks the 25th anniversary of the original gift of the Garretts to UTA Libraries. The material focuses on the Mexican American War of 1846-1848 and the history of Texas and the Greater Southwest. The exhibition displays examples of their donations, including rare books and journals, manuscripts, maps, sheet music, broadsides and other documents pertaining to the history of the region.