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 2015-2017
PRESIDENT– Dr. James Matthews Associate Professor of French/Dean of Students Buck 207 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
VICE PRESIDENT –Dr. Marguerite Ragnow Curator, James Ford Bell Library University of Minnesota 309-19th Avenue South, 472 OMWL Minneapolis, MN 55455
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY – Mylynka K. Cardona 1140 Domain Drive, #5104 Austin, TX 78758 USA
TREASURER – William Brandenberg (through Jan 2017) Position is currently open. Please contact Lauren Beck, chair of the nominating committee, if you are interested in serving:
Mirela Altic Imre Demhardt (ex-officio) Tiago Jones Anne Good Dennis Reinhartz Charles Sullivan Ray Wolf
This position is currently open. Please contact Marguerite Ragnow, vice president, if you are interested in serving:
Editor: Lauren Beck, Dept Modern Languages and Literatures, Mount Allison University, Associate Editors: Dr. Gayle Brunelle (California State University, Fullerton) Book review editor: David Buisseret, Newberry Library
Editorial advisory board
Mirela Altić, Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia Imre Demhardt, Arlington, Texas Ralph Ehrenberg, Falls Church, Virginia Barry Gough, Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre, Vancouver Island University, Canada Donald Harreld, Provo, Utah Francis Herbert, London, England Gregory McIntosh, Piri Reis University, Turkey Bruce Solnick, Lenox, Massachusetts Carol Urness, Minneapolis, Minnesota