Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 10

May 2002

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      Norman could not attend the IMCOS meeting in Chicago, because of his involvement with the exhibition “The World From Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles” which opened at UCLA’s Armand Hammer Museum on October 16, 2001. He contributed chapters on maps for a volume published in connection with the exhibit, which for the first time brought together treasures of the Huntington, Getty, Clark, and other museums and libraries of southern California. In September, 2001, Norman read a paper on Samuel Pepys at the Denver meeting of SHD, and like a few others, he was fortunate to have a return flight before the Twin Towers tragedy. Although he is an emeritus in the geography department at UCLA, he continues to teach courses in the history of cartography, and on geographical discoveries.
      Carol Urness retired from the curatorship of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota on November 2, 2001. After surveying her personal library she decided that the only hope was to open a bookshop, Corner Books. This is an unusual bookshop, as it is only open two afternoons a week, and specializes in not selling books. It seems she enjoys books too much to part with them easily. At the moment, Corner Books is a place more for writing more than selling.
      Carol is teaching the Expansion of Europe seminar in the history department and an Elder Learning Institute class on the history of maps and map-making. Some of her research on the First Kamchatka Expedition of Vitus Bering is appearing in two books, one in Danish, and the other in German. Carol say that now it is the time to get it done in English.
      Robert S. Weddle, by decree of Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, was presented the Order of Isabel la Católica on August 25, 2001. The award was made at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Library in Bonham, Texas. Weddle was recognized both for his historical works and for “extraordinary comportment of character which contributes in outstanding manner to promoting friendly relations and cooperation of the Spanish Nation with the rest of the international community.” 
      Kit Wesler reports that his book, Excavations at Wickliffe Mounds, has just been published by the University of Alabama Press. His Jamaica project continues to go well, and is he now enjoying a Fulbright lecturer/research fellowship at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, in Mona,

Jamaica.
      Scott Westrem’s book, The Hereford Map: A Transcription and Translation of the Legends with Commentary was published in July 2001 by Turnhout Press in Brepols, Belgium. In January and February of 2002, he taught (by invitation) a special doctoral seminar at the École Pratique des Hautes Études [the Sorbonne].
     Alberta Auringer Wood writes, “I’m on sabbatical from September 2001 through August 2002 from my position as Maps, Data and Media Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland. This fall is being spent working on the bibliography of maps of Newfoundland and Labrador, plus various smaller projects. I will spend January through June at the University of Bergen in Norway working with their map collection.” 
      Since he last wrote, Jon Woronoff reports that his project with Scarecrow Press should see its first volume of the Historical Dictionaries of Discovery and Exploration published in early 2002. He still is looking for authors for the Arctic and Antarctic volumes.

Prize Essay Fund

The following have made personal donations this year to the Society’s Prize Essay Fund. The winner of the Prize Essay receives $600 and travel expenses paid to attend the annual meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico. The winning essay also will be considered for publication in a future issue of Terrae Incognitae.

Gwendolyn Barckley 
Sanford Bederman 
Charles Booth 
Timothy Coates 
Peter Enggass 
Anthony Gambrill 
Francis Herbert 
Stephen Lintner 
Russell Magnaghi 
John Moscony 
Doyce Nunis 
Ann Shirley 
Richard Stephenson 
Norman J.W. Thrower 
Carol Urness 

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