The New York Map Society exists to encourage and promote the study, research, use, creation, preservation, and appreciation of all forms of maps and the history of cartography. Our interests encompass all eras and methodologies, from antique to contemporary maps, including digital and computer-generated maps. Our mission is pursued through numerous means, including periodic lectures and field trips, maintaining a website and social media presence, supporting individuals or organizations aligned with our mission, and publishing articles or posts about maps. The New York Map Society was founded in 1978 and is a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, offering educational, academic, and research programs for anyone interested in maps.
Please see the exciting news about NYMS member, Andrew Kapochunas, and his prize for environmental mapping that is awarded on November 25, 2022 at CartoCon at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas), a leading university with 11,000 students, and is among the top 2.1% of universities in the world. Here is the link […]
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Alice Hudson Award for Excellence in Cartography
Alice Hudson has been a force in the ﬁeld of map librarianship for many years. Over her distinguished career, she helped guide and mentor countless scholars, colleagues, and students. Her curatorial and collection work at the New York Public Library helped establish the New York Public Library’s Map Division as one of the premier public […]
Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Behold the Mapmaker: Cartographic Self-Portraits. The lives of early modern cartographers are poorly documented compared with those of contemporary writers and painters, yet a source for insights into the lives of cartographers—the self-portraits that they sometimes include in their maps—is largely unexplored. These self-portraits are an important part of the social history of cartography, of how cartographers chose to present themselves; they also function as visual signatures, guarantees of quality, and expressions of pride. In this talk I will examine some of the more striking and evocative cartographic self-portraits from the earliest surviving case in the fourteenth century to examples from pictorial maps of the twentieth century.