Terra Digitae -  Newsletter from the David Rumsey Map Center
COVID-19 Edition 4
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Online Resources Upcoming Talk | Summer Armchair Travels | 2nd Ruderman Conference Digital Exhibition and Videos Recorded Talks
This COVID-19-impacted newsletter has several stories. This issue also unveils several videos under the "Recorded Talks" section. Should your e-mail client clip it, please be sure to expand its contents to read the entire newsletter.
Online Resources
David Rumsey Map Center Virtual Tour
Click on the video above, or go here to take a virtual tour of the David Rumsey Map Center. To explore maps within Google Earth virtually, go the David Rumsey Map Collection in Google Voyager here. 
On-line consultations:
We are available for one-on-one consultations for your classes or research projects. Please contact us here.
Other digital map resources from Stanford Libraries:
Map Staff from Stanford Libraries, including the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections, have put together exhibitions on the Stanford Geological Collection, Mining Maps and Views, Tokyo Over Time, Coordinates: Maps and Art, Office of Strategic Services Maps and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, among several others.
Sampling of digital resources from These are maintained by David Rumsey:
  • Browse and search for maps via using its Luna viewer.
  • Search for maps geographically in the David Rumsey Map Collection using MapRank Search.
  • To georeference maps on, please read the tutorial here.
  • A fine selection of blogs on featured maps are here. 
Upcoming Live Talk (this Friday, June 5th!)
Friday, June 5, 2020, 3:00pm PDT | Peter Hiller on Jo Mora: Pictorial Maps and Beyond
Peter Hiller with Jo Mora's 1945 map of California.

For information about the talk, Peter's biography, and to register, please visit this page.

Please note that this talk will be live, and held online via Zoom. The schedule is as follows:

3:00pm - Zoom opens
3:15-4:15pm - Talk by Peter Hiller, followed by Q&A

This talk is free and open to the public, but requires pre-registration so we can send a Zoom link on the day prior to the talk.

If you previously registered for the canceled March 31 date of this talk and would still like to attend, please re-register.

Maps in Focus: Summer Armchair Travels
Perhaps this summer we will all become armchair travelers, stuck as we are in our own shelterings-in-place and quarantines. And why not? Armchair traveling has its own beauty and sense of discovery, without the hindrance of international borders or other tourists. This newsletter will take us on an early summer quarantine-cation, as we travel to utopias (if we’re going to armchair travel, we might as well start with the ideal) and escape into fantasy.
An Ancient Mappe of Fairyland, Bernard Sleigh, 1918.
Our first destination is Fairyland, “newly discovered and set forth” by the English artist Bernard Sleigh. From the edge of a cliff, we take in a bird’s-eye-view of an island populated by figures from European fairytales, Greek myths, and other fantasies. There are many enchanting details—go ahead, take a close look—from swimming mermen to a well of youth. The map’s sheer size, roughly six feet long, helps you to get lost in its world. Published in 1918, at the end of World War I, could this map represent Sleigh’s own desire to escape into a fantasyland? Perhaps.
A Dog's Idea of the Ideal Country Estate - An Imaginative Map, John Held, Jr., 1925.
For our second stop, we will inhabit not just another land, but another mindset: This map from 1925 examines an ideal world, as imagined by a dog. Many of the local activities here sound oddly cathartic for humans: barking at the moon, napping on clean white beds, and digging in a flowerbed. Although some, like watching rat holes, are probably best appreciated as a canine. Perhaps the artist John Held, Jr. was inspired by the dogs of his Connecticut farm, a property he purchased as a refuge, far from the parties of New York, where he had to hobnob with the editors who published his humorous cartoons.
Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography 2019: "Gender, Sexuality, Cartography" Digital Exhibition and Videos
Image detail from World map, Frances Bowen, 1810.
The second biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography took place October 10-12, 2019 at the David Rumsey Map Center. The theme for this conference was Gender, Sexuality, Cartography. We are pleased to unveil a digital exhibition on Stanford's Spotlight platform consisting of features, curated by conference speakers, that complement the papers presented at the conference. We also have video recordings of the panels available to view here within the digital exhibition.
Digital Exhibition and Videos
Recorded Talks
We invite you to view a selection of videos of our recent online talks, as well as recordings from past talks and events held at the Center.

Additionally, videos from the second Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography, held on October 10-12, 2019, can now be viewed here
Chet Van Duzer, May 8, 2020: Portraying the World Anew: Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina of 1516
Emanuele Lugli, April 24, 2020: When Measurements Were Monuments: The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness
Thomas Laird, May 30, 2019: Murals of Tibet
Betsy Mason, March 6, 2019: All Over the Map
Chet Van Duzer, February 13, 2019: New Research on Urbano Monte's 1587 World Map

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