Philadelphia Map Society

Dear Philadelphia Map Society,

Mark your calendar for Wed., Dec 12 at 5:30 PM when a collector will share his private map collection at his home.  Contact Barbara Drebing Kauffman <> for more information.

Join us to examine the Robert S. Teitelman collection-an entire first edition series of views from The City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania North America by William Russell Birch. Title page through Preparation for War including introduction and subscription list.

We will also view an assortment of rare manuscript maps, 18th century prints, aquatints, and mezzotints of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

Dinner nearby will follow and we hope Charles will be our guest.

Please RSVP by Dec 5.

Look forward to seeing you all!


Wed., February 27, 2019  @ 5:30-7:30 PM: HSP. UPenn Prof. Dr. Amy Hiillier of UPenn's Cartographic Modeling Lab will share the multi-year development of an exemplary online research tool "The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois' Seventh Ward." Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in 1896 was hired by the University of Pennsylvania at the behest of Susan P. Wharton to study residents of the Seventh Ward where the African American population was then focused, between Spruce and South Street, from Sixth to Twenty-Third. He conducted door-to-door interviews, preparing hand-drawn maps noting economic status and identifying the small portion of criminal class, in contrast to what he felt were city founders' biases that city crime arose in the Seventh Ward.

Amy's team correlated Dr. Du Bois' maps with census and other data to provide detailed profiles of residents.  Please review maps and analysis in W.E.B. Du Bois' The Philadelphia Negro (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899, 1996) prior to this talk. Amy will join us for dinner nearby.

Wed., April 3, 2019 at HSP: Dr. Larry E. Tise, Historian, East Carolina University, will present "How Maps Made America."  Larry has researched both manuscript and printed maps generated by explorers, surveyors, and real estate promoters ranging from the earliest European ventures to North America to the locations of river dams and transportation systems in the twentieth century.  He will share with us some of his unusual discoveries, including the origins of hand-colored engraved maps beginning in the 16th century.

With warm wishes,

Barbara Drebing Kauffman