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University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Matthew H. Edney (Project Director: July 2014 to September 2017)
History of Cartography Project

Continued development of the multi-volume reference work "The History of Cartography" with particular attention to Volume Four on the "European Enlightenment, 1650-1800," and Volume Five on "The Nineteenth Century."

We request an implementation grant (July 2015-June 2017) under NEH’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program and Bridging Cultures initiative for work on The History of Cartography, a reference encyclopedia. We propose to complete editorial preparation of Vol. 4 in December 2016 and submit it to the University of Chicago Press, while continuing to advance Vol. 5. This award-winning series is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work to study the people, cultures, and societies that have produced and used maps from prehistory to the present. It provides intellectual access to the complex world of maps for scholars and the general public. It promotes and sustains the culturally sophisticated interpretation of maps as evidentiary source materials. Thoroughly researched by its editors and contributors, its content is rigorously checked by an experienced editorial team. The Press is publishing in print and e-book formats and is producing a free online edition.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$299,050 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2017