Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 9

May 2002

It deals with indigenous Indians, Spanish, Mexicans, Russians, and Americans. Also, Michigan State University Press published his book, Italians in Michigan (2001), which includes mention of some early Italian explorers.
      Paul Matthias, who was local arrangements chairman for the memorable 2001 SHD meeting in Denver, is still serving as President of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. He reports that the RMMS orchestrated in October, 2001 the First Annual Rocky Mountain Antique Map Fair. It featured thirteen map dealers, and was attended by 350 map enthusiasts. He is now planning the Second Annual Fair.
      Barbara McCorkle’s book, New England in Early Printed maps, 1513-1800, was published in the spring 2001 by the John Carter Brown Library. Barbara retired from the Yale University Map Library, and is now living in Lawrence, Kansas.
      Don and Diana McGuirk, both stalwarts at the Denver SHD meeting, are now living in Denver where Don has gone back to being a full-time pediatrician. Don is continuing his work on “Sea of the West.”
      Enrique Porrua’s book, The Diary of Antonio de Tova on the Malaspina Expedition (1794-1798), was published last year by the Edwin Mellen Press. A native of Spain, Porrua is completing his Ph.D. in Spanish at Texas Tech University.
     Paula Rebert is the author of La Gran Línea: Mapping the United States-Mexico Boundary, 1849-1857, published in Spring 2001 by the University of Texas Press at Austin. The book documents the accomplishments of both U.S. and Mexican surveyors and mapmakers in the original United States-Mexico boundary survey, and the continuing importance of the maps they produced. In October, 2001, she presented an invited lecture at a symposium on “Natural Encounters: Understanding Habitat and Society in North Texas,” held at the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her lecture was titled, “George Engelmann, Frontier Scientist: Exploring Texas and the West.”
     Dennis Reinhartz presented “The Spanish New World Cartographic Legacy in the Atlases and Maps of Tomás Lopéz,” at the International History of Cartography Conference in Madrid last July. He also gave a Webb Lecture in March, 2001 titled, “Imagining a New World: Towards a Transatlantic Graphic Dialogue, 1492-1800.” He presently is President of the Texas Map Society, and is now co-authoring a sixth grade social studies textbook for McGraw-Hill.

      John Robson, the Map Librarian at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, is the author of Captain Cook’s World: Maps of the Life and Voyages of James Cook R.N. The book was published by Random House (NZ), the University of Washington Press (US) and Chatham Press (UK). The volume contains 128 specially drawn maps to show all of the places visited by Cook during his lifetime. He is presently doing research on Laperouse, Bougainville, and Vancouver. He writes that he would be pleased to communicate with all SHD members who have an interest in Pacific exploration. 
      The Royal Geographical Society has awarded Ann Savours Shirley its 2001 Murchison Medal “In recognition of publications relating to polar geographical history.” Her book, The Search for the Northwest Passage, was published in 1999 by Chatham (UK) and St. Martin’s Press (USA). 
      In addition to serving another year on the SHD Council, Richard Stephenson also is an academic adviser to the Library of Congress’ Phillips Society. He was re-elected Chairman of the Board of the regional library in Winchester, Virginia. In his scholarly pursuits, he is researching the life of Albert A. Campbell, a 19th century railroad engineer and topographer, who was Robert E. Lee’s mapmaker during the Civil War. In October, 2001, Richard presented a paper at the Torch Club of Winchester entitled “General Lee’s Forgotten Map-maker: Albert A. Campbell and the Army of Northern Virginia’s Topographical Department.”
      In March, 2002, Helen Hornbeck Tanner participated in a symposium held at Stephen F. Foster University in Nacogdoches, TX. The conference focused on the early exploration of East Texas and Louisiana. She also will be a commentator on papers dealing with early French exploits on the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers at the 2002 annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society, convening at Yale University, May 15-19.
      Gunnar Thompson wrote from Washington State that there is a rumor that he is scheduled to do a series for the Discovery Channel. Stay tuned.
      Norman J.W. Thrower may be SHD’s busiest member. In July, 2001, he chaired the session at El Escorial of the XIX Meeting of the International Conference on the History of Cartography in Madrid, Spain. A copy of his newly published 2nd edition of Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society (University of Chicago Press) was on display in the book exhibit. This book has been translated into Spanish and Japanese editions, and other 

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