History of Cartography Project

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The History of Cartography Project is a publishing project in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was founded by David Woodward in 1981. Woodward directed the Project until his death in August 2004; Matthew H. Edney became director in July 2005.

The History of Cartography

The Project works to prepare The History of Cartography, a multivolume series established by Woodward and Brian Harley. This effort is funded by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, various private foundations, and numerous individuals.

The six volumes of the History, all published by the University of Chicago Press, are:

1. Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, ed. J. B. Harley and David Woodward. 1987. ISBN 9780226316338 Available online (free).

2.1. Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies, ed. J. B. Harley and David Woodward. 1992. ISBN 9780226316352 Available online (free)

2.2. Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies, ed. J. B. Harley and David Woodward. 1994. ISBN 9780226316376 Available online (free)

2.3. Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, ed. David Woodward and G. Malcolm Lewis. 1998. ISBN 9780226907284 Available online (free)

3. Cartography in the European Renaissance, ed. David Woodward. 2007. In two parts. ISBN 9780226907321 Available online (free)

4. Cartography in the European Enlightenment, ed. Matthew H. Edney and Mary S. Pedley. In preparation. In two parts.

5. Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Roger J. P. Kain. In preparation. In two parts.

6. Cartography in the Twentieth Century, ed. Mark Monmonier. 2015. In two parts. ISBN 9780226534695


Harley and Woodward's initial scheme was for a four-volume series, each volume to contain several full-length chapters by different authors, all to be published by 1992. For further details see (Harley and Woodward 1983) and Woodward (2001). This plan was followed for Volumes 1 through 3, but as the scope of the project grew Volume 2 was divided into three physical parts, and Volume 3 into two parts. The growth of Volume 3 to have be larger than the entire series as originally conceived demonstrated how unfeasible the established format would be for what was now planned as the final three volumes, dealing with the modern period. Woodward therefore decided, after much consultation, to turn the volumes into interpretive encyclopedias.

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Harley, J. B.; Woodward, David (1983), "The History of Cartography Project: A Note on Its Organization and Assumptions", Technical Papers of the Annual Meeting of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, 43: 580–89<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Woodward, David (2001), "Origin and History of The History of Cartography", Plantejaments i Objectius d’una Història Universal de la Cartografia / Approaches and Challenges in a Worldwide History of Cartography, Barcelona: Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, pp. 23–29<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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