Arthur Holzheimer reports that he is highly involved with the Planning Committee for the major 2007 map exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. He says, “It is really going to be great and I encourage all SHD members to attend the Chicago meeting in 2007. A number of other local institutions will have related exhibits, and the Nebenzahl Lectures and the Chicago Humanities Festival will have related programs.”
Raymond Howgego has been elected to the Council of the Hakluyt Society, and he indicated that he is currently participating in the development of the Hakluyt Society website. Ray writes: “I spent most of October 2005 in Tibet and followed the route of Alexandra David-Neel overland from Yunnan to Lhasa; two weeks on hair-raising precipitous mountain roads in a region usually forbidden to foreign travelers. The third volume of my
Encyclopedia, dealing with the exploration of the oceans, islands and polar regions (1850-1940) is now with the printer and should be available in April or May 2006. I am currently working on the final volume, continental exploration after 1850, but this task will take several years. It will run over a million words.”
What a busy, productive year Alice Hudson has had. She writes: “Renovation of the Map Division quarters at NYPL occupied my life this past year. $3.5 million over nine months transformed the Division into something like a room from Versailles. Gold highlights and lightens our formerly dark brown ceiling. Polished marble, refurbished furnishings dating from the building’s 1911 opening all add to the grandeur. The newly grand two-room suite is now renamed the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, in honor of their $5,000,000 endowment of the Map Division. Their support enables us to plan a future for the map room, turning back the tide of closing map collections around the U.S. (we hope). Funds also helped reconfigure our reading room tables for computer use.”
[Editor’s Note: Alice and the NYPL Map Room were featured on CBS Sunday Morning on January 15, 2006 when it presented a program on map collecting.]
In December, I spoke to an audience of 150 map aficionados at the Swann Auction Galleries on our renovation and new services to be offered at NYPL. I attended the Miami and Denver map fairs where I was able to purchase antiquarian maps for NYPL. My map exhibition, Treasured Maps: Celebrating the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, opened Sep-
tember 9, 2005 and closes April 9, 2006.”
In pursuit of her research on some Saint Louis mapmakers who came there from France and St. Domingo,
Emily Jaycox had enjoyable research visits at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, and the Historic New Orleans Collection, which is back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina. Her essay on Saint Louis appeared in American Cities (edited by Paul Cohen and published by Assouline Press).
Ian Jackson gave the 2005 Annual Lecture to the Hakluyt Society last June 29. The presentation was titled, “Fort Yukon: The Hudson’s Bay Company in Russian America.” His essay is published and is available from the
Hakluyt Society. Ian has also completed the second volume (1814-16) of
The Arctic Whaling Voyages of William Scoresby the Younger for the Hakluyt Society; publication is expected in 2007.
Harold B. Johnson donated works of art valued at over $100,000 to Grinnell College Art Collection. Art curators at Grinnell say that the paintings and drawings represent a pivotal moment in mid-20th century Brazilian art history. He acquired these works in the mid-1960s in Rio de Janeiro where he was engaged in historical research while on a grant from the Ford Foundation. Harold previously endowed two professorships at Grinnell College in memory of his mother and aunt.
For the first time in a third of a century, H.G. Jones did not travel to the Arctic this past year. He is in the process of moving (and downsizing) to Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro, NC, a continuing care center associated with Duke University. His problem is
deciding what to do with 81 years of “stuff.” He helped install part of his collection in the “H.G. Jones Reading Room” in the Appalachian State University new library in Boone, NC. During the year he published “The Inuit as Geographers” in
Bruce Lenman continues to research and lecture on aspects of early-modern European maritime expansion in the Americas. He spoke at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England in November 2005 on the problems of navigation and charting in Hudson’s Bay from Henry Hudson to Samuel Hearne, and in February 2006 on the history of French naval cartographic intelligence in the Caribbean in the late 17th century,
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