Terra Digitae - Newsletter from the David Rumsey Map Center
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Terra Digitae - February 2020
Talks | Essay Competition Deadline | Changes at SERG | Tour Schedule
We occasionally mail materials, and currently we would be happy to send our latest exhibition catalog which accompanied Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain, April 25-September 30, 2019. Please let us know if you would like a printed copy. We are also also seeking a part-time Reference Student Assistant. For questions and to apply, please email TJ Cruzada at
Monday, February 10, 2020 | Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data. Learn how to make maps, charts, and diagrams people can believe in with data storyteller RJ Andrews
RJ Andrews (, will give an epic perspective to information graphics. Learn how we use maps, charts, and diagrams to generate insights and compel others to action, from analysis to persuasion. Lessons will be drawn from
data visualization, storytelling, writing, engineering, and more. RJ will dedicate a special focus to design lessons from the history of thematic mapping that still help us improve how we see the world. Come find the courage to confront the chaos of data. Leave with a new epic perspective to our data-driven world.
RJ Andrews is a data storyteller. He is the author of the new book Info We Trust (, a lavish adventure exploring how to inspire the world with data. RJ is the creator of, where you can enjoy many of his award-winning data stories. When not working on his own projects, RJ studies the pre-modern history of data visualization and helps organizations solve information problems all over the world.
3:15 pm: Center Opens
3:30-4:30 pm: Talk by RJ Andrews
5:00 pm: Center Closes

The talk is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration. Please register below.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Jo Mora: Pictorial Maps and Beyond: A Talk with Peter Hiller

Peter Hiller, the Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator, has been enamored with the art of Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora (1876-1947) since he came upon Mora’s cartes (maps) in the mid 1990's - to the extent of having recently written an extensive biography about Jo published in October 2019 by the Book Club of California.

Hiller's immediate intrigue arose from his amazement at Jo Mora's creative versatility and the outstanding quality of Mora's artistic efforts. From pictorial maps, book illustrations, paintings, sculptures, printmaking and writing, Mora's artistic talents were boundless. After growing up on the east coast, Mora ventured west to explore what he considered to be the changing west of the cowboys and Indians he was so fascinated with as a child. Jo's later life centered around his artistic depicting of the history of California, his family and his abounding creative abilities which enabled him to provide food, clothing and shelter for them.

Now retired, Peter taught art and photography to children and occasionally adults, for almost 40 years, most of which were in Carmel, California where he lives with his wife and their two boys who grew up with them before they flew the coop.

2:45 pm: Center Opens
3.00-3.30: Pop Up Exhibit of Jo Mora maps
3:30-4:30 pm: Talk by Peter Hiller
5:00 pm: Center Closes

The talk is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration. Please register below.

California Map Society Student Essay Competition 2020, Essays due 3/2/2020
The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in California that use the Center's or any of Stanford University's maps in a substantive way. 

Submission Deadline: 9 AM PST on March 2, 2020.
Winner Notification: The winner will be notified the week of April 6, 2020.
Winner Paper Presentation: The award will be presented to the winner at Stanford University’s David Rumsey Map Center and at one or two locations to be chosen in southern California. The presentations will occur in May 2020.

For competition rules, submission guidelines and links, please visit this page.
A Retirement and New Leadership at the Science and Engineering Group (SERG) at Stanford Libraries

Robert Schwarzwalder, Associate University Librarian, is retiring effective March 3, 2020 after 12 years at Stanford Libraries overseeing the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG) Libraries, which included the David Rumsey Map Center. Bob was at the helm during the group's many transitions including the establishment of the Center. We thank him for his steadfast support of the Center and wish him well in his retirement! 

Julie Sweetkind-Singer, currently Head of Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections and the Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic Services for SERG, will assume the role of Interim Assistant University Librarian for SERG while a national search is conducted. Julie will also continue to head Branner Library, which, among things, holds the contemporary map collection at Stanford as well as the Stanford Geospatial Center. 

For more on these changes, please visit this announcement.

Tours of the Rumsey Map Center

We continue to hold tours. Tours are comprehensive and include time to check out the technology at the Center. All tours begin at 10:30am and end at 12:00 noon.

Tours dates in 2020: Feb 18, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, July 21, Oct 20, and Nov 17. 

For more information, and to register, please click on the link below.

Public Hours: 
1 pm to 5 pm. Please check our website as we occasionally close for classes or events.
Morning hours are reserved for classes and workshops.

Contact Us:
1(650) 498-8698 - phone 1(650) 498-9660 - fax Twitter: @rumseymapcenter Instagram: @rumseymapcenter
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