Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 10

May 2004

Huntington libraries, and that a printed catalogue is due to be published in 2004.

Paula Rebert was invited to speak at the Gadsden Purchase Conference in November 2003 at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson, where she presented “Maps and the Survey of the Gadsden Treaty Line.” The conference commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gadsden Treaty, and was attended by scholars from both the United States and Mexico. Paula also addressed the University of Arizona Geography Department on “U.S.-Mexico Boundary Maps and Surveys.” She and her husband, Philip Melnick, are enjoying their new home in Albuqurque, where they moved last year after Philip’s retirement. Paula also retired this past year from her position as Cartographer in the Department of Geology at Northern Illinois University.

Gerald Saxon writes that along with Dennis Reinhartz, he is nearing completion of the book, Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier (forthcoming in 2004, University of Texas Press). This book is based on the first Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998.

In the materials distributed with the Hakluyt Society’s Annual Report is the 2002 Annual Lecture presented by Ann Savours Shirley. The title of the published lecture is The North West Passage in the Nineteenth Century: Perils and Pastimes of a Winter in the Ice (32 pages). She reports that her present preoccupation is the publication of The South Polar Times (Vol. IV) which was edited by Apsley Cherry-Garrard in Scott’s hut at Cape Evans during the winter of 1912. The original manuscript is in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.

A new member of SHD, David Spencer Smith writes that he is an emeritus professor at Jesus College, Oxford University, and has conducted considerable zoological fieldwork in central Asia along the Sino-Pakistan border. In 2000, he led an expedition to the Kilik Pass, an area closed to all but local residents from 1948 to 1999.

Richard Stephenson is working with Ralph Ehrenberg on a large-format atlas that traces the development of the city of Washington, D.C. through maps. Tentatively entitled City of Magnificent Distances, it will be published at some future date by the Library of Congress.

A forthcoming issue of The Portolan, published by the Washington Map Society, will include his article entitled, “General Lee’s Forgotten Mapmaker: Major Albert H. Campbell and the maps done under his direction during the Civil War.”

Dick continues as Chairman of the Board of the Handley Regional Library in Winchester, VA, and is also on the boards of the French and Indian War Foundation and the Winchester Musica Viva. He also continues to serve as an academic advisor to the Library of Congress’s Philip Lee Phillips Society. If that is not enough to do in his retirement, he occasionally teaches a class at Shenandoah University in Winchester. He recently taught an 8-week course entitled, “Maps and their Makers.”

Dan Terkla has been very busy. He organized two sessions on “Critical Cartography” at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy of America (May 2002 and May 2003); he presented “Eloquent Stones: The Placement, Patronage, and Reception of the Hereford Mappa Mundi” at the Medieval Academy in 2003, and “Eloquent Stones Near the Saint’s Bones: The Placement and Purpose of the Hereford Mappa Mundi” at the ICHC 2003 Conference. Dan also organized the session, “The New Nature of Cartography” for the International Medieval Congress to be held in Leeds, UK in July 2004. He will read a paper at Leeds entitled: “The Hereford Mappa Mundi: Siting, Seeing, Instructing.” His article, “The Original Placement of the Hereford Mappa Mundi,” will be published in Imago Mundi, volume 56, July 2004.

Gunnar Thompson’s Marco Polo Map Project moves ahead. Gunnar reported that he has sought support for a radio carbon dating of the Map with Ship, currently in the archives of the Library of Congress. His research indicates that the Yuan Chinese conducted significant mapping efforts along the west coast under the direction of Marco Polo between 1280 and 1292. He believes 

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