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19th Nebenzahl Lectures: Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective

Inaugural Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lecture

R. A. Skelton, British Museum; Colton Storm, Newberry curator; and Suzette Morton Davidson, Newberry trustee, at the inaugural Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. lecture in the History of Cartography, October 22, 1966.

Thursday, October 27, 2016Saturday, October 29, 2016
Open to the Public
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lecture Series

The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library cordially invites you to the Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the lectures series. The program is titled Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective.

In 1966, the Newberry Library 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. The lectures will be preceded by the Thirty-fourth International Symposium of IMCoS, the only international organization for map collectors, and conclude with a global gathering of antiquarian map dealers at the Fourth Chicago International Map Fair.


Thursday 27 October

5:30 PM Opening Reception

6 PM Welcome and commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures

6:30 PM “Of Maps, Libraries, and Lectures,” keynote address

Matthew Edney, University of Southern Maine

Friday, 28 October

10:15 AM “George III as a Map Collector”

Peter Barber, The British Library

11:30 AM Lunch Break

1:15 PM “How Did Old Maps Become Valuable?”

Susan Schulten, University of Denver

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM “Collecting and Studying East Asian Maps in the United States and Europe”

Richard Pegg, MacLean Collection

4:15 PM Reception

Saturday, October 29

9:15 AM “Maps, Marginalia, and Ephemera”

James Akerman, The Newberry Library

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM “The Atlas as a Way of Thinking”

Peter Nekola, The Newberry Library

All sessions will be held at the Newberry Library.

Cost and Registration Information 

The lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Registration has closed.
Please call (312) 255-3541 to be placed on a waitlist.

Please note that registration for the IMCoS International Symposium includes registration to the Nebenzahl Lectures.