Newsletter 2000: Winter
|Route of Don Lope de Acuña through the Franche-Comté,
This map, which will appear in John Hale’s chapter on maps and warfare in Volume Three, depicts the passage prepared for the Army of Don Lope de Acuña through the Franche-Comté. The region from Ain to St. Loup is shown with south at the top. In addition to displaying the main rivers to be crossed (the Ain, Loue, Doubs, Ognon, and Saône), the map indicates the location of eleven étapes (villages or centers where food, lodging, and other necessities would be gathered in order to provide support for the marching Spanish troops). The étape strategy was beneficial for both the local communities and the troops.
Size of the original: 18 x 27.3 cm.
Photograph courtesy of the Archives du Doubs, Besançon, France (C 264).
A significant number of Volume Three essays are being submitted in languages
other than English, and we have several experts translating these contributions.
Jeremy Scott has been a consultant with the Project since December 1998
and has elegantly translated five essays on Italian manuscript traditions
and charting in the Mediterranean. Our French translator is UW doctoral
student Maria Slocum.
Graham and Matthew organized a well-attended session on science and cartography in the eighteenth century for the November 2000 meeting of the History of Science Society, held in Vancouver, B.C. Matthew gave an introductory paper; Anne Godlewska (Queen’s University), Michael Bravo (Cambridge), and Michael Dettelbach (Smith College) followed with stimulating presentations. Graham moderated the session, and the lively discussion—led by John Heilbron (Oxford)—revealed a great deal of interest in maps and mapping on the part of historians of science. It is now likely that future meetings of the History of Science Society will include at least one session on Enlightenment cartography. Such an enthusiastic response bodes well for the formulation of the interpretive essays for Volume Four and for developing its intellectual scope.
In February 2001, the Volume Four editors will meet with Project
staff in Madison to refine the volume’s intellectual framework and its
detailed outline. They will plan the first grant proposal for the volume,
delegate editorial functions, and organize administrative tasks.
On 28 February 2001 several authors will present preliminary research reports in back-to-back special sessions on the “History of Cartography in the Twentieth Century: Instances and Issues,” which Mark organized for this year’s AAG meeting in New York. Presenters and their titles are listed in the sidebar.
Mark will chair the sessions and present his own paper (“Aerial Photo-graphy
at the Agricultural Adjustment Administration: Acreage Control, Conservation
Inducement, and Overhead Surveillance”), and David will serve as summary
Jane Rosecky provided valuable office assistance to the Project for
a year but left our staff in August to pursue an internship at Guelph University.
In her place, we hired Anne Jahnke, a double major in geography and political
science, who is efficiently managing our filing, library work, copying,
data entry, correspondence, and preliminary digital scanning for Volume
Three line drawings.
Each year, the History of Cartography Project produces limited-edition, hand-printed broadsheets featuring a literary passage about cartography. We are proud to send them to supporters as a token of our thanks. For this year’s broadsheet, number nine in our series, we commissioned a poem—inspired by Olaus Magnus’s Carta Marina of 1539—by the award-winning poet Lucia Perillo.
Perillo is currently an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In the course of her career she has earned a long and impressive list of awards: the Poetry Society of America’s Farber First Book Award (1989), the Morse Prize (1989), the PEN/Revson Award (1991), Purdue University’s Emery Poetry Prize (1996), Claremont College’s Tufts Discovery Award (1997), and the Beloit Poetry Journal’s Chad Walsh Prize (1998). Most recently, Perillo received one of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowships, acknowledging her achievements and encouraging her in new endeavors.
Perillo’s earlier collections of poetry, Dangerous Life (1989) and Body
Mutinies (1996), met with critical praise. Her latest book, The Oldest
Map with the Name America (Random House, 1999), has also won numerous accolades.
We would like to extend an especially heartfelt thanks to all of the
individuals, map societies, and private foundations that supported the
Project so generously during the year 2000. We raised almost $68,000 in
private gifts this past year, and that support encourages us greatly as
we look to the future. Many thanks.
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