12th Nebenzahl Lectures: Maps on the Move: Cartography for Transportation and Travel

J. Akerman, K. Nebenzahl, D. Buisseret, D. Woodward

J. Akerman, K. Nebenzahl, D. Buisseret, D. Woodward

Catherine Delano-Smith

Thursday, October 24, 1996Saturday, October 26, 1996
Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lecture Series

One of the most prevalent perceptions of maps is that they are supposed to show us where a place is, and aide us in getting from one location to another.  Yet the historical relationship between the traveler and his map has received very little scholarly examination. The lectures given at “Maps on the Move” begin a study of the needs and motivations of mapping for the most common modes of land, water, and air transportation.


  • James Akerman (The Newberry Library), “Directions and Destinations: Mapping and Making an American Motorized National Space”
  • Andrew Cook (The British Library), “A Considerable Mass of Information Judiciously Arranged and Digested: The Growth of the British Admirality Chart”
  • Michael Dobson (Rand McNally), “Automobile Navigation Systems: Where Did the Road Map Go?”
  • Catherine Delano Smith (Imago Mundi), “Milieus of Mobility: Early Route, Road, and Itinerary Maps”
  • Ralph Ehrenberg (Library of Congress), “From Aero-Maps to Aeronautical Charts: The Emergence of Aviation Cartography in the United States”
  • Jerry Musich (Indiana Donors Alliance), “Mapping a Transcontinental Nation: Nineteenth-Century American Railroad Cartography”
  • James Vance (University of California–Berkeley), “On the Move in the Modern World: An Overview”