Latitudes May 2020

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May 2020





The WMS is following the lead of other map societies and offering a virtual lecture via Zoom. Anyone interested in participating in the meeting must RSVP to John Docktor at in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode. 

Date/Time: Thursday, 14 May 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Topic: "Vacationing in Virginia, 19th Century Style: Plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs with Proposed Building Lot"
Speaker: Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist at Library of Virginia and WMS Board Member

Earlier this year, the Library of Virginia acquired a manuscript plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs. Cassandra Farrell will discuss her research regarding Fauquier White Sulphur Springs and the surveyors involved in the plat's creation.  For more information on the project, see  This meeting was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020 so we are thrilled that Cassandra agreed to reschedule it as a Zoom meeting.

Zoom Instructions
Zoom is a video-conferencing software that can be used from a desktop or laptop (Windows or Mac), tablet, or cellular phone. You do NOT need to create an account to join a meeting. If you are not familiar with using Zoom, we recommend that you review the helpful instructions and video tutorials available on their website. You can also join a "Test Meeting" from the Zoom website to practice and make sure that your video/audio are working properly. As a reminder, in order to join the WMS meeting, you must RSVP to John Docktor at to receive the meeting ID and passcode.

How to Join a Meeting:




APRIL 24, 1944 – APRIL 24, 2020

Former WMS member Patricia Molen (“Pam”) van Ee, a longtime resident of Columbia, Maryland, died suddenly in a nursing/rehabilitation center in Laurel on April 24, her 76th birthday. She was born in Glendale, California, the second daughter of Philip Daniel Molen and Virginia Solomon Molen. Pam graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966 and went on to obtain Masters degrees in United States history from Johns Hopkins and William and Mary.
In 1971 she began her career at the Library of Congress as a historian with the American Revolution Bicentennial Office. After a stint as an examiner at the U.S. Copyright Office, she joined the Library’s Geography and Map Division for the remainder of her tenure. There she served as a specialist in cartographic history and played a role in building up the division’s unrivalled holdings. With her close friend Ronald E. Grim, Pam edited the occasional papers and other map-related publications of the Philip Lee Phillips Society.
Throughout almost all of her career she was active in union work for the Library’s professional guild, AFSCME Local 2910. She served as Chief Negotiator and as a Steward, but took equal satisfaction in representing individuals who had, unjustly in some cases, fallen afoul of the Library’s rules and disciplinary system.
Her professional accomplishments include a number of important publications, most notably including the definitive guide “Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750 – 1789: A Guide to the Collections in the Library of Congress” (with John R. Sellers, 1981). Pam also played a significant role in the creation of “American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States” (2001); this work also contains two of her original essays. Her first scholarly work appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly in April 1971: “Population and Social Patterns in Barbados in the Early Eighteenth Century.”
She was a past presenter at the WMS (January 11, 2001), and a summary of her meeting presentation appeared in The Portolan Issue 50 (Spring 2001) – “Conservation from the Curator’s and Collector’s Point of View.”
Pam was also active as an expert consultant for the Boston Public Library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center, serving on the Center’s Board of Review. In addition, she was for many years on the Map Fair Advisory Committee of the History Miami Museum.
Her extracurricular accomplishments featured a love of horses and equestrian sports, including show hunters and the demanding sport of eventing. In these fields she competed successfully, winning numerous ribbons on her beloved horse “Chico.” In her youth she was a competitive swimmer and swimming instructor in California.
Pam is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 48 years, Daun van Ee, as well as her sister, Sandra Arcara; her brother, Philip Molen; and her nephew, Andrew Molen.





Print copies of Portolan issue 107 (Spring 2020) were mailed to US and foreign members on March 18, just as the US was entering its national emergency due to the coronavirus. Some members, especially in Europe and Africa, have reported not receiving their print copies. Please understand that, along with daily life, various national postal systems are under strain and regular delivery of the mail may be impacted.  And certainly, we all have read about how most airlines have drastically curtailed service. As the national and international situation remains under stress, it makes no sense to mail replacement copies until the situation normalizes, and postal systems move mail being delayed.  Members all have access to this current Portolan and all past issues of The Portolan via the WMS website’s member's only pages.  If you have registered on and are logged in, use this link  to access all 107 issues of The Portolan.  If you are a member of WMS, and have NOT registered on the site, follow the “Join Here” instructions on the home page of and then see the previous sentence.’  Please send questions to





May 8, 2020 (Stanford) The David Rumsey Map Center is closed but their events are being moved to an on-line format. Chet Van Duzer is an independent American historian of cartography specializing in medieval and Renaissance maps. He will speak about Portraying the World Anew: Chet Van Duzer on Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta Marina of 1516. Please note that this talk will be live, and held online via Zoom. The schedule is as follows: 3:00pm Pacific - Zoom opens; 3:15-4:15pm Pacific - Talk by Chet Van Duzer, followed by Q&A. This talk is free and open to the public, but requires pre-registration so they can send a Zoom link. Please register here.

May 15, 2020 (Stanford) The David Rumsey Map Center is closed but their events are being moved to an on-line format. Disease maps have become increasingly common in our world today. Disease maps shape public perception of disease — they influence the way we view specific populations and assign responsibility for disease. Lauren Killingsworth, 2017 Ristow Prize Winner for academic achievement in the history of cartography (“Mapping Public Health In Nineteenth-Century Oxford”), will speak about Mapping an Epidemic: Lauren Killingsworth on Cholera in Nineteenth-Century Colonial India. Please note that this talk will be live, and held online via Zoom. The schedule is as follows: 3:00pm Pacific - Zoom opens; 3:15-4:15pm Pacific - Talk by Lauren Killingsworth, followed by Q&A. This talk is free and open to the public, but requires pre-registration so they can send a Zoom link. Please register here.




As a reminder, all members of the WMS have access to a rich repository of content on the WMS website:  Once you have joined the site you can read every back issue of The Portolan journal, watch over 30 videos of past WMS lectures, read the profiles of your fellow WMS members, reach out and contact fellow WMS members, and much more! All of these are accessible if you click the link on the left-hand side of the site called "For WMS Members Only." Check it out today!

If you need even more cartographic content while you remain confined, you may want to check out some of these other free online resources:

  1. NEW! Boundaries & Brigands: James McCarthy & the Mapping of Siam. WMS's very own Hal Meinheit gave this lecture at the Library of Congress on February 25, 2020. Click here to watch his presentation.
  2. NEW! How Maps Are Made. This lecture by Chris Lane of the Philadelphia Print Shop West was previously given at the Miami Map Fair and is available on YouTube by clicking here. Chris intends to add more lectures to his YouTube channel soon.
  3. NEW! History of Cartography Project. Several volumes of the monumental History of Cartography project are available for free online. Click here.
  4. Library of Congress Maps Blog. Both the collections and the staff of the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress are incredible resources, and there is a blog dedicated to highlighting some of the maps in their collection. To view the blog click here.
  5. The Bodleian's Map Room Blog. Not to be outdone, the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford also has a blog about "items of interest from the wonderful world of maps." To read the blog click here.
  6. Library of Congress Story Maps. Story Maps are "immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps." Click here for all of the LOC's Story Maps or click here for "Maps that Changed our World."
  7. PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography. Housed on the Cornell University Library website, this collection of over 800 thoroughly catalogued maps focuses on "maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs." You can view the maps in high resolution, read about each map's historical significance, and even download the map images to your own computer. Click here to view the collection.
  8. "New Projections" Podcast. Curtis Bird, owner of The Old Map Gallery in Denver, Colorado has a podcast that focuses on map-related topics. You can download it though the Apple podcasts app, the Google podcasts app, or listen to it from your computer by clicking here.
  9. Miniature Maps. This "illustrated guide to miniature antique maps, charts, plans and atlases" was created by Geoffrey L. King and is the definitive resource on this subject. Lose yourself in a tiny world by clicking here.
  10. The Map Room Blog. This blog by Jonathan Crowe "covers everything from antique map collecting to the latest in geospatial technology" and represents curated content drawn from all over the internet. You can search through the archive to find specific topics. Click here for the blog.




Do you enjoy holding a print copy of The Portolan?  Do you have a full set, or are you missing some issues?  Have you been an author, and would like to have some additional copies?  Are there some issues with articles you wish you had read?
NOW is the time to act to get those back print copies. As part of a downsizing of inventory in the coming months, notice is given that back copies are now available, but that will change in the coming months. The Society just cannot indefinitely maintain the ability to provide back print copies of The Portolan. The Society has a varying number of copies of individual back issues. All issues are currently available. Once the print copies are sold, that issue will no longer be available in print form, as there is no expectation to do reprints of back issues after they are sold out.
How to find more information of what is available?  Go to to search a full listing of back tables of content, PLUS the ability to examine the index to those issues.  Determine your desires. Then go to to see how back copies are priced and how to order copies.  Be sure to note that for 2 or more copies of the journal (they need not be the same issue), a discount can be computed due to postal cost savings.
Do act NOW, so as not to be disappointed.



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