10 -13 October, 2010


The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography held a successful Symposium at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) from 10-13 October 2010.  The commission meeting was held in conjunction with the 7th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography on 8 October 2010, and the Fall Meeting of the Texas Map Society on 9 October 2010.  The general theme was “Charting the Cartography of Companies: Company Mapping, 1600-1900”.  The Commission aimed to highlight the influence of chartered companies (precursors to modern corporations) in cartography as they played an important role in overseas exploration, trade, expansion and colonial power. They relied upon maps and charts for planning, implementation and operation, and often employed their own map and chart makers, surveyors, cartographers and mapping departments.

Charting the Cartography of Companies

To accommodate as many participants as possible, papers on other cartographic endeavours during the 19th century were also presented.  Members of the ICA Commission on Maps and Society participated, as did representatives of the USGS.  Papers on the development of photogrammetrical techniques in American sector mapping, the digital transition in US cartography during the 1970s, and the diffusion of USGS geospatial data for science research, demonstrated the Commission’s mandate to not only investigate and record the history of cartography, but also of GI Science.  The Symposium was attended by approximately 50 people.
Company Logos  Exhibition in the Virginia Garrett Library, UTA
Exhibition in the Virginia Garrett Library, UTA

The Symposium comprised 7 sessions during which 21 papers were presented.  The majority of participants were from the US, but others came from as far afield as Croatia, Hungary, SouthAfrica, Brazil and the UK.  On the closing day a separate session gave Prof Matthew Edney of the University of Wisconsin and Prof Roger Kain of the University of London the opportunity to explain their views as regards the future development of Volume 5 of the History of Cartography Project of the Chicago University Press.  Volume 5 of this prestigious publication will deal with the cartography of the 19th century.

To complement the Symposium, a special Map Exhibition on “Concessions to Chartered Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900”, was staged by the Virginia Garrett Map Library of UTA.  The Garrett Library is one of the leading Map Libraries in the US and holds approximately 900 maps dating back from the 1950s to the 20th century.


Sunday,  10 October 2010

“Fort Worth: Gateway to the Wild West”

This social excursion explored Fort Worth with Sundance Square and the Water Gardens and stopped at the Exhibition: 150 Years of Fort Worth which provided an interview of the history of  the City.  The old West came to life at the Stcokyards where we could still see herds of impressive Longhorns and cowboys on horseback. Besides the Western history and a diversified modern economy, Fort Worth boasts one of the foremost art districts west of the Mississipi.  A visit was organised to the Amon Carter Museum which has a superb collection themed on American and Wild West paintings and sculptures, and the Fort Worth Water Gardens which were designed by the world-renowned architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee.

 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame  Bull
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Bull



















Visit to the Southern Methodist University, Dallas

A technical visit was undertaken to the Foscue and DeGolyer Libraries of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  As the principal repositories at SMU for special collections in the humanities and the history of science and technology, these libraries hold extensive cartographic treasures.

Imre Demhardt   Gerald Saxon
    Imre Demhardt explains some cargoraphic principles.          Gerald Saxon, Imre Demhardt and Andrew Cook.
Andrew Cook
Andrew Cook comments on a railway map

Monday,  11 October 2010

Session I:    Brazilian Cartography

- de Menezes, Paulo (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
   Cartography and Triangulations of the Brazilian Empire – 1862-1889

- Seemann, Jörn (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA)
   Cartographic rumours, Brazilian nationalism, and the mapping of the Amazon valley

- Novaes, André (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
   Theoretical frameworks for the study of journalistic maps: South American bordersin Brazilian press



Session II:   United States Geological Survey

- McHaffie, Patrick (DePaul University, Chicago, USA)
   When the Photo became the Map: Early Photogrammetry in American Public Sector Mapmaking

- Usery, Lynn (United States Geological Survey, Rolla, USA)
   The digital transition in cartography: USGS data innovations, 1970s

- Varanka, Dalia (United States Geological Survey, Reston, USA)
   The diffusion of U.S. Geological Survey geospatial data for science research in the digital transition

- Poore, Barbara (United States Geological Survey, Reston, USA)
   “What a long strange trip it’s been”: Mapping and virtual community from The Grateful Dead to       OpenStreetMap 



Session III:   United States in the 19th Century

- Schulten, Susan (University of Denver, USA)
   Thematic Cartography and Federal Science in Antebellum America

- Rutschmann, Paul (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
   Mapping Nationalism: Paul Langhans’ Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas


Session IV:    Explorative Cartography

- Altic, Mirela (Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia)
   Ferdinand Konscak – Cartographer of the Compania des Jesus and his maps of Baja California

- Reinhartz, Dennis (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
   The Caribbean Cartography of Samuel Fahlberg

- Cook, Andrew (British Library, London, United Kingdom)
   Some Cartographic Consequences of the East India Company


Tuesday,   12 October 2010

Session V: Southern Africa

- Liebenberg, Elri (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)
   Unveiling the geography of the Cape of Good Hope: selected VOC maps
   of the interior of South Africa

- Bartos-Elekes, Zsombor (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
   Nemerkenyi, Zsombor (Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary)
   Laszlo Magyar’s Maps – drawn in South East Africa and ended up in East Central Europe

- Braun, Lindsay (University of Oregon, Eugene, USA)
   Missionary Cartography and Colonialism in Late 19th – Century South Africa

Session VI: New Mexico

- Byszewski, Berenika (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA)
   Mapping Chaco: a centerplace at the margins

- Lane, Maria (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA)
   Mapping the Waters: The complications of hydrologic surveying in reclamation-era New Mexico

- Allison, Peggy (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA)
   Bounding a sacred space: Mapping the Mount Taylor traditional cultural property

Session VII: General Cartography

- Woodfin, Thomas (Texas A&M University, College Station, USA)
   An alternative atlas dataset for early modern European cartographic production

- Crampton, Jeremy (Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA)
   James Gall: cartographer and pre-Adamite

- Edney, Matthew (University of Southern Maine, Portland, USA)
   An Issue of Process: Topographical Mapping in the History of Cartography during
   the Twentieth Century

Session VIII: Workshop on the History of Cartography Project, Volume 5 (19th century)

- Edney, Matthew (Director: History of Cartography Project, Madison, USA)
   Kain, Roger (Editor History of Cartography Vol. 5, University of London, United Kingdom)



The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by the official publisher of the ICA, Springer-Verlag of Germany.  The book will be published as an e-book of which copies can be ordered on demand, but hard copies will be made available to the authors. Particulars of the book appear on the Springer website www.springer.com and the publication should be on the shelf during the second half of 2011.

Once the proceedings of the Symposium are going to appear as an e-book, copyright rules determine that the papers listed in the Programme cannot be published on this website.

History of Cartography

International Symposium of the ICA Commission, 2010

Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Tentative volume 6
Subseries: Publications of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Liebenberg, Elri; Demhardt, Imre Josef (Eds.)
1st Edition., 2011, 300 p.
Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-642-19087-2

Due: August 2011                                                            106,95 €


  History of Cartography