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About the Society


The Society for the History of Discoveries was formed to stimulate interest in teaching, research, and publishing the history of geographical exploration. Founded in 1960, the Society includes members from several academic disciplines as well as archivists, non-affiliated scholars, and laypersons with an interest in history. Fellows (or Honorary Fellows) of the Society will have distinguished themselves by scholarship or service; those honored thus far are John Parker, David Beers Quinn, Norman J. W. Thrower, Virginia Garrett , Jenkins Garrett, Arthur Holzheimer, Barbara Backus McCorkle, Louis De Vorsey, David Buisseret, Carol Urness, Sanford Bederman, Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Peter van der Krogt, John Logan Allen, Dennis P. Reinhartz, Francis Herbert and Carla Rahn Phillips.

Click here for recollections of the founding and growth of the Society from early members Sanford Bederman, Thom Goldstein, Barbara Backus McCorkle, John Parker, Norman J. W. Thrower, and Carol Louise Urness.

The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present - the explorers and the explored. Fields of specialization thus include the history of European expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial settlement, biography, and bibliography.


The Society's program of publications includes Terrae Incognitae, a journal of research papers and book reviews published annually from 1969 through 2010, and semiannually beginning in 2011, and five volumes in the series Studies in the History of Discoveries published jointly with the Newberry Library. For a listing of past editors and publishers of Terrae Incognitae, click here.  In addition, the spring Newsletter reports current and planned activities of the Society's members and general news related to the history of cartography, discovery, and exploration. The Annual Report is issued in December.

Annual Meetings (sometimes held jointly with kindred societies such as the Hakluyt Society), are generally held in the fall and are two or three days in duration. They afford members an opportunity to present, hear and discuss papers on subjects in their fields of specialization; most also include visits to, or participation in, nearby points of interest and events. Click here for information on past and future meetings.

The records of the Society are kept at the University of Texas at Arlington. Click here for a SHD Records Finding Aid in A GUIDE TO ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS in the Special Collections Division at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Click here for the Society's Articles of Association

OFFICERS FOR 2013-2015

PRESIDENT
– Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt
Professor & Jenkins and Virginia Garrett Chair in the History of Cartography
The University of Texas at Arlington
Department of History
Box 19529
Arlington, TX 76019-0529


VICE PRESIDENT – Dr. James Matthews
Associate Professor of French/Dean of Students
Buck 207
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900



EXECUTIVE SECRETARY – Mylynka K. Cardona
706 San Carlos Street
Grand Prairie, TX 76051-4118



TREASURER – William Brandenburg
631 Masonic Way,   Apt. 1
Belmont, CA  94002-2734



COUNCIL 2013-2015

Lauren Beck  
Bill Brandenburg  
David Buisseret  
Ron Fritze (ex-officio) 
Paul Mathias  
Anthony Mullan      
Ann Ortiz   


Click here for past officers and council members.

WEB SITE CONTENT MANAGER

Thomas Sander
P.O. Box 10793
Burke, VA 22009-0793, USA


TERRAE INCOGNITAE

Editor: Lauren Beck, Dept Modern Languages, Mount Alison University,
Book review editor: David Buisseret, Newberry Library

Editorial advisory board

Imre Demhardt, Arlington, Texas
Ralph Ehrenberg, Falls Church, Virginia
Donald Harreld, Provo, Utah
Francis Herbert, London, England
Bruce Solnick, Lenox, Massachusetts
Carol Urness, Minneapolis, Minnesota

SHD is a member of The National Coalition for History.

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