NEA taking the past into the future

Fall 2019 Logo Maps and Legends

November 1, 2019
Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine

program description

Maps, charts, globes, and GIS data are found in many archival collections—but how much do we really know about caring for them? Are we handling them correctly, describing them effectively, and providing thorough access to them? Are we maximizing their ability to support research and study? The Fall 2019 Meeting will bring us together to share experiences with these materials, demystify them, and learn from each other how to unlock their potential for all users.


10:00am - 12:00pm

The staff of the Osher Map Library has generously offered attendees three different tours that will run concurrently on the morning of our Fall Meeting. The three tours will each be offered at the following times: 10:00am–10:30am, 10:40am–11:10am, and 11:20am–11:50am. You may register for up to three tours. Please reserve a spot by filling out our Tour Sign Up Form. Spots are limited!

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch on your own

1:00pm - 1:10pm Welcome and opening remarks

1:10pm - 2:00pm Plenary address: How Did 18th Century Maps End Up In Archives? by Matthew Edney, Professor of Geography and Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Coffee and networking break

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Panel discussion: care and use of cartographic collections

3:30pm - 3:45pm
Coffee and networking break

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Short presentations and discussion

  • Mapping Manuscript Collections, Susie R. Bock, University of Southern Maine

  • Some Map Storage Solutions, Frances Pollitt, retired map curator and current map collection volunteer

  • Conservation of Oversize Maps: Two Case Studies, Raven Norlander-McCarty, Works on Paper

  • Old Land Survey Maps and Records, New Users, Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont

4:45pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up and closing remarks

plenary speaker

Matthew Edney has a longstanding interest in maps and map history. Currently a professor of geography and Osher Professor in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine, he also directs the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has degrees in geography and cartography from University College London and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of several books including Cartography: The Ideal and Its History, Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765–1843, and, as co-editor, Cartography in the European Enlightenment, the fourth volume in the University of Chicago Press’s History of Cartography series.


Facilitator $35.00
Member $35.00
Bridge member
Student member $17.00
Non member

Registration is now open! Please follow this link to complete your registration.

directions & Parking

Parking in the University Parking Garage is plentiful and free to guests. Click here for a link to the University Parking Garage on Google Maps. The Glickman Library is 450 feet (approximately a two-minute walk) from the Parking Garage. See the USM Maps, Parking, and Transportation webpage for more information.


The Glickman Library is fully accessible. All physical buildings are ADA compliant. The Library is happy to accommodate any request for assistance or provide information in different formats as necessary. Two fully accessible elevators service the seventh floor where the meeting is being held. Please feel free to contact NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator at with any questions about accessibility and/or disability accommodations.

NEA is committed to making the Fall 2019 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

Questions? Please contact the Program Chair, Patrick Ford, at

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