It is with deep sorrow that I forward the following message:
We are deeply saddened to report the death of David Woodward, cofounder of the award-winning History of Cartography series and Arthur H. Robinson Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David died of cancer Wednesday night at his home in Madison. His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by his family.
For those of you in Madison who wish to pay your respects, the family is planning a pot luck open house on what would have been David's 62nd birthday. You are invited to drop in on Sunday, August 29, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at the Woodward residence (1443 Mound Street). Please bring a dish to pass.
We expect an obituary to appear in Madison newspapers tomorrow. This will provide further information about how friends and colleagues can pay tribute to David and offer condolences to his family. Please also feel free to contact one of us.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be designated for the History of Cartography Project fund. Checks may be made payable to the University of Wisconsin Foundation and mailed to 470 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, Madison WI 53706-1491. Contributions can also be made on-line by following the link at http://www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/#support.
We would like to take this opportunity to reassure map enthusiasts about the future of David Woodward and Brian Harley's great venture. David was quite clear that he wants the series completed. Volume Three is in the beginning stages of copy-editing, and the coeditors for Volumes Four and Six, along with the experienced Madison staff, continue to move the series forward.
In spite of his many accomplishments, David was an unassuming man, and his family members have assured us that the prayers, kind thoughts, and personal tributes that friends and colleagues sent during the summer touched and sustained him at the end. We will miss him greatly.
Beth and Jude
History of Cartography Project
phone: (608) 263-3992
The Texas Map Society is meeting in conjunction with the Virginia Garrett Lectures in the History of Cartography on Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd at the University of Texas at Arlington Central Library, Arlington, Texas. Garrett Lectures are on Friday and TMS on Saturday. The focus of the meeting is on Art and Cartography.
In addition to the two meetings, events include a Friday night reception and opening of the exhibition, "Mapmaker's Vision, Beholder's Eye: The Art of Maps," dinner with speaker, luncheons, a tour of the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library and selected cartographic treasures. Registration fee for the Garrett Lectures on October 1st is $45. Registration for the Texas Map Society meeting on October 2nd is $45. A discounted fee of $80 is available for attending both events.
Program information for both meetings, as well as hotel details and a registration form is available at :
For further information, please contact Kit Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 817-272-5329 (voice) or 817-272-3360 (fax).
I would like to draw members' attention to the following exhibition:
Lords of All They Survey: Estate Maps at Guildhall Library
Guildhall Library Print Room
Aldermanbury, London EC2
9 August - 30 October 2004
9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
On display for the first time are original 16th to 19th century's estate maps from the Manuscript collections of the Guildhall Library. Covering London and the south east of England (in particular Kent and Essex), the maps show a fascinating picture of the English landscape and its agriculture, and of London estates, in the early modern period.
For further details see
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Dear colleagues (and new BCS President and Council),
As I mentioned during the 'AOB' item on the agenda of the BCS Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon, British-born Professor David Woodward died in USA on Wednesday 25 August. An obituary appeared in 'The Independent' on Friday 10 September, that can be read at the following:-
I have a screen version of this if the online version is not accessible.
A message from his widow, Rosalind, dated Saturday last, reads:-
"You are invited to join us in remembering
who died on Wednesday August 25th and was cremated in a private
On October 3rd we would like to remember him in a public ceremony, and would be honored to have you present.
The memorial celebration will be held at 2:30 in the afternoon at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. (off University Avenue near Shorewood) Madison, Wisconsin
There will be a reception following the service.
Please call (608) 251-1074 with any questions. [e-mail: Rosalind Woodward [email@example.com]"
http://www.rgs.org [see 'Collections']
Dear List Members,
For those whom reside in the Netherlands and Belgium and master the Dutch language, Teleac will be broadcasting a documentary with the title “De kaartenmakers - Over een wereld van wetenschap, religie, intrige en spionage” Broadcasting dates and times are :
zo. 26 sep
17:25 - 18:15 uur
De kaart van Waldseemüller
zo. 3 okt
17:25 - 18:15 uur
De Atlas van Mercator
zo. 10 okt
17:25 - 18:15 uur
For additional information : http://www.teleac.nl
His successor as leader of the Explokart Research Program of the Faculty of
Geo-sciences Peter van der Krogt.
At 02:40 26/09/2004, you wrote:
>Just go along to the Syrian embassy in Paris and see the country called
>Palestine on the map on the wall, and the country that's missing
For that matter, go to any Chinese embassy and ask for a map, you will see
a much bigger China than you have ever imagined. Japanese maps which
wouldn't be sold in Korea and vice versa (concerning the name of the
Japanese Sea, which the Koreans persistently call the East Sea) and the
island of Dokdo
Calling all map curators!
The Map Curators' Group of the British Cartographic Society is pleased (finally!) to announce the opening of the Map Curators' Toolbox on the internet at:
The Map Curators' Toolbox is sponsored by the BCS and was mounted on the web by Frank Blakeway. The Toolbox was inspired by the Western Association of Map Libraries' very helpful Map Librarian's Toolbox (http://www.waml.org/maptools.html).
We've given our UK version a British accent, and it's not by any means complete, so we're looking forward to many more contributions of useful information, either as files or as links, that map curators want to share with their colleagues. There's a simple link to the webmaster at the bottom of each page.
April, Tinho, Anne and Frank
April Carlucci, British Library Map Collections
Tinho da Cruz, University of Liverpool Department of Geography
Anne Taylor, Cambridge University Libraries Map Department
Frank Blakeway, British Cartographic Society
Experience the British Library online at www.bl.uk
Help the British Library conserve the world's knowledge. Adopt a Book. www.bl.uk/adoptabook
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An interesting toolbox for mapcurators perhaps...Where are the IKARdatabase ...
I have just acquired a copy of the first â€śofficialâ€ť map of the State of
The map is important – belonging to that small selectt group of â€śofficialâ€ť State maps sponsored by State Legislatures – De Wittâ€™s 1802 and Burrâ€™s 1829(1830) of NEW YOORK, Boye-Woodâ€™s 1825(1826) of VIRGINIA, Melishâ€™s 1822 of PENNSYLVANIA, Gordonâ€™s 1828 of NEW JERSEY, Wilsonâ€™s 1822 of SOUTH CAROLINA, Bordenâ€™s 1842 of MASSACHUSETTS, etc. Yet, Stevensâ€™ map of
My perfunctory research on the map shows that sometime around 1845/6 Stevens had a financial judgment entered in the Massachusetts Courts against him. As a result the copperplate of his 1831 (1832) Map of the State of Rhode Island was seized and sold at public auction to pay for part of the judment. It was purchased by the aforementioned Isaac H. Cady who apparently had it updated by â€śadditions and correctionsâ€ť and started printing and selling copies of the map from this plate in 1846.
Stevens did not contest the legality of the seizure and sale of his plate but went to Court to stop Cady from printing any maps from the copperplate and demanding forfeiture of the plate, forfeiture of all printed maps still in Cadyâ€™s possession and monetary damages - based on Cady not having the copyright. Cady objected, claiming that the copyright to the map was transferred to him automatically with the legal purchase of the plate - there being no other purpose for using the plate than printing maps.
After 8 years (!!!) the case eventually got as far as the United States Supreme Court. In an 1854 decision in Stevens vs. Gladding (successors to Cady?), 58
(see http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=58&invol=447 )
that the copyright is not attached to the copperplate and that they are two distinct pieces of property:
â€śThe sale of a copperplate passes the right to such lawful use thereof as the purchaser can make, by reason of the ownership of the thing he has bought; but not the right to a use thereof, by reason of the ownership of something else which he has not bought, and which belongs to a third person. If he has not acquired a press, or paper, or ink, he cannot use his plate for printing, because each of these kinds of property is necessary to enable him to use it for that purpose. So, if he has not acquired the right to print the map, he cannot use his plate for that purpose, because he has not made himself the owner of something as necessary to printing as paper and ink, or as clearly a distinct species of property as either of those articles. He may make any other use of the plate of which it is susceptible. He may keep it till the limited time, during which the exclusive right exists, shall have expired, and then use it to print maps. He may sell it to another, who has the right to print and publish, but he can no more use that right of property than he can use a press, or paper, which belongs to a third person.â€ť
Since the decision in this case was not based on the outcome of a prior case or precedent I believe that it is the first legal case in the
The 2 questions that I have to the several lawyers – map collectors on this Board are as follows:
(1) Since the Court decision establishes that there is no copyright attached to the plate (unless specified by written contract) and that when the copyright expires after some years the plate can be used to print copies of the map – HOW CAN ANY KIND OOF COPYRIGHT BE ATTACHED TO THOSE NEWLY PRINTED COPIES? Can such copies be sold by the owner of the plate with HIS OWN NEW copyright on them? If I am not mistaken that was done a few years ago by the people who located and became the owners of the copperplate for the Lewis & Clark map - for which obviously the original copyright expired.
(2) Once the original copyright for a map expires the owner of a copy of the map can make farther copies legally without any need for a copperplate (by using a Xerox machine for example). However, can he attach HIS OWN NEW copyright to those newly printed maps? (I am no longer considering the copperplate here but I am still using the 1854 Courtâ€™s logic regarding separations of copyrights from copperplates)? For example David Rumseyâ€™s Collection is in possession of original maps (but not the plates) for which copyright has expired. They make legal copies. However, they attach their own copyright to those nice photocopies that they sell.