34th International Symposium, International Map Collectors Society | Newberry

34th International Symposium, International Map Collectors Society

Monday, October 24, 2016Saturday, October 29, 2016
Center for the History of Cartography Programs

The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry, the Chicago Map Society and the Chicago International Map Fair cordially invite you to Chicago in October 2016 for the Thirty-fourth International Symposium. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, commemorating and the fiftieth anniversary of the lectures series.

In 1966, the Newberry invited Raleigh Ashlin Skelton, Keeper of the Map Room of the British Library, to Chicago to deliver a series of four lectures on the theme, The Study and Collecting of Early Maps. Skelton’s lectures, later published as an influential book by the University of Chicago Press, launched the oldest series of public lectures specifically devoted to the history of cartography. Over the years, the Nebenzahl Lectures have consistently broken new ground in cartographic study, and have played a central role in the field’s remarkable growth.

To commemorate this anniversary, the nineteenth series of the Nebenzahl Lectures returns to its first theme: the relationship between map collecting and the historical study of cartography. It seemed natural to us to invite IMCoS, the only international organization for map collectors, to hold their annual symposium in conjunction with the Lectures. And, what better way to conclude the week than with a global gathering of antiquarian map dealers at the Chicago International Map Fair.

Registration Information

Follow this link to register online: www.go.newberry.org/2016IMCoSSymposium.

You may also register by posting this printable form (PDF) to the address below.

The symposium registration fee is all-inclusive of events associated with the IMCoS and the Nebenzahl Lectures, including the annual banquet, receptions, and tours. Please note that the Chicago International Map Fair requires a separate registration fee. For information, visit www.chicagomapfair.com.

Registration fee: $250

Registration after September 1, 2016: $270

Program summary

The theme for the IMCoS symposium will be ‘Private Map Collecting and Public Map Collections in the United States’. Early arrivals are invited to a welcome reception at the Newberry on Monday evening (October 24).

Sessions on Tuesday (October 25) at the Newberry will feature papers examining the role that private map collectors have played in the creation and development of major public historical map collections throughout the United States over the past century, given by the curators of renowned research map collections from across the United States. That evening we will visit Chicago’s Adler Planetarium for the annual banquet, accompanied by a sky show and a viewing of an exhibition specially prepared for the occasion featuring the Adler’s world renowned collections of celestial cartography and scientific instruments. There will be an opportunity as well to visit the planetarium’s splendid permanent exhibitions.

On Wednesday (October 26) symposium participants will travel to the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where the staff of the American Geographical Society Library will have prepared an exhibition of the library’s map treasures, to be followed by a light lunch and lecture. On our return to Chicago we will visit the MacLean Collection, Green Oaks, Illinois, where the staff is preparing an exhibition on the mapping and settlement of the American West featuring the collection’s renowned holdings of American wall maps.

On Thursday (October 27) there will be free time in the morning and afternoon to explore Chicago’s museums, parks and famous architecture. That evening the Nebenzahl Lectures, ‘Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective’, will open with a reception and commemoration of the Lectures’ half-century of contributions to the history of cartography, followed by the keynote lecture by Matthew Edney. The lectures will continue on Friday and Saturday morning (October 28-29). Featured speakers will include James Akerman, Peter Barber, Peter Nekola, Richard Pegg, and Susan Schulten. In the late afternoon on Friday, The Chicago Map Society will host a reception honoring the 40th anniversary of the oldest map society in the United States.

The Fourth Chicago International Map Fair will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday and Sunday (29–30 October). A separate registration and fee are required to attend the fair.


A block of rooms is available at The Talbott Hotel for the use of IMCoS Symposium registrants. The hotel is located at 20 East Delaware Place, two blocks from the Newberry. The special symposium rate for single or double rooms (i.e., one or two beds) is $205 per night. This rate applies for the nights of October 23 (Sunday) through October 29 (Saturday). For reservations, registrants must contact the hotel directly at +1 (312) 397-3619. When making a reservation, please be sure to indicate that you are part of the IMCoS/Newberry event. The rooms will be held at this rate until September 23, 2016. Fall is a busy season for Chicago hotels, and registrants are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible. Persons attending the symposium are also welcome to make reservations at any of the many hotels near the Newberry. Several hotels offer reduced rates for guests of the Newberry. For information about these and other hotels near the Newberry, visit the listing provided on the Newberry’s website at www.newberry.org/accommodations-and-dining.


Andrew Epps

Conference Secretary

The Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street

Chicago, IL 60610 USA

+1 (312) 255-3541


Jim Akerman

Symposium Convener


Important Web Addresses

The Newberry Library

International Map Collectors Society

Chicago International Map Fair

Chicago Map Society

American Geographical Society Library

Choose Chicago (Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau)

The Talbott Hotel