A small collection of feature articles written by members of the New York Map Society and invited guests.
David Y. Allen is retired Map Librarian at Stony Brook University, New York (SUNY). His publications include the online The Mapping of New York State: A Study in the History of Cartography.
A detailed analysis of several maps depicting the British Province of New York published between the middle of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the American Revolution.
The author describes how Simeon De Witt's 1802 map of New York State was constructed, and makes the case that it was the most important map of the state published between 1784 and 1830.
Ms. Johnson writes a series of “Fun with Maps” features for the internet's theawl.com website, a few of which are posted here.
J. B. Post is a former map librarian and former print & photograph curator currently retired and involved in local history activities in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His major claims to fame are compiling An Atlas of Fantasy (Mirage Press, 1973 & Ballantine Books, 1979) and coining the term “cartifact.”
A short guide to court cases which involve copyright of maps.
Some thoughts on who gets into a Map Family Picnic
New York Map Society member Dr. Philip Schoenberg is adjunct professor of American History at Borough of Manhattan Community College. On July 15th, 2006, Dr. Schoenberg escorted Society members on a walking tour of the City Hall area and explained its evolution from its Amerindian village origin.
New York Map Society member Fredric Shauger presents some background information on Hondius and a look at a 1613 copy of one of his maps.
In 1524, Giovanni de Verrazano honored Francis I by naming a prominent New World harbor after an area closely associated with the French King.
New York Map Society member Leslie Trager raises some questions about Antarctica and Greenland depicted by cartographers centuries before these areas were known to have been explored.
(Moved to our Missing Maps section.)
A detailed look at one of the more notable fakes currently in circulation. For more details on the general subject, see Cartographic Fakes, Forgeries and Facsimiles on Tony Campbell's Map History website.