Newberry Library Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography

Established: 1971. Affiliate since July 2011.


Statement of Purpose: The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography was founded in 1971 to support the mission of the Newberry Library as it relates to the field of the history of cartography. The center pursues two collateral objectives. First, it seeks to advance knowledge of the history of cartography, defined as the history of the creation, use, and interpretation of maps and the relationship between mapping and other facets of human history. Second, the center aims to promote the use of the library’s cartographic collections by scholars, educators, and the general public. The center fulfills these goals through a wide variety of modes of creation and dissemination of scholarship. These include, but are not limited to, conferences, exhibitions, fellowships, institutes, lectures, publications, seminars, and workshops.

Publications: Mapline (newsletter); The Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography (published by the University of Chicago Press)

Newberry Library
Hermon Dunlap Smith Center
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.255.3523

Primary Contact: James R. Akerman, Dir.


James R. Akerman
Newberry Library

Assistant Director
Peter Karl Nekola
Newberry Library

Program Assistant
Kristin Emery
Newberry Library