The History of Cartography at the American Geographical Society
By all accounts, not only is the story of The American Geographical Society of New York unique, but cartography at the Society and its place in the overall history of American cartography, is singular as well. Indeed, it may be argued that the cartographic achievements of the Society were unparalleled for institutions of its kind. Miklos Pinther, the Society's last Chief Cartographer, will trace and illustrate three principal stages during a 125-year period of the oldest organization in the United States focused on geography: 1851-1899, characterized essentially by illustrative cartography; 1900-1948, a period of experimental and exploratory mapping; 1949-1976, the era of thematic and atlas cartography.Pinther will describe the main projects and highlight the personal accomplishments of key players in the Society's history. In 1978, the Society closed its departments in New York and moved its Library and Map Collection to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Pinther, in addition to being the Chief Cartographer for the American Geographical Society. has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University, and Chief Cartographer for the UN and is long-time member of the New York Map Society.
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