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Annual Miami International Map Fair

The Miami International Map Fair is an annual event held each February in Miami, Florida, and presented by HistoryMiami. The fair brings together leading dealers, collectors, and experts of antique maps from around the world, providing a forum for sharing information and expertise and for building one's own map collection. Proceeds from Map Fair go toward maintaining and improving HistoryMiami exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach programs.




International Society for the History of the Map

The ISHM was formed in December 2011 to advance the study of the history of maps in all societies and over all periods of time, to promote the education of the general public in the subject, to promote communication between members and others interested in the subject, and to promote the research, teaching and funding of the subject.




The Hakluyt Society

The Society is a registered charity inspired by and named after Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616), the famous collector and editor of narratives of voyages and travels and other documents relating to English interests overseas. Membership of the Hakluyt Society is strongly recommended to everyone interested in the history of exploration and travel, exploratory voyages, geographical discovery and world wide cultural encounter.




Viriginia Festival of the Book

The 20th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will be held March 19-23, 2014 in Charlottesville, VA. The mission of the Virginia Festival of the Book is to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture.

As the largest gathering of authors, writers, and readers in the Commonwealth, and, indeed, the Mid-Atlantic region, the Book Festival has become an integral part of the community and is presented in a unique partnership of contributors that includes the VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs in a wide range of topics set among a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.




Washington Map Society

The purpose of the Washington Map Society is to support and promote map collecting, cartography, and cartographic history. The Society was founded in 1979. Since 1979 the Society has grown tremendously and our membership now includes current and former employees of Federal, state, and private map repositories; collectors with scholarly knowledge gained through years of study; individuals who enjoy selling maps - both old and new; and many members who simply love to learn about or collect maps. Membership is open to anyone who shares these common interests.




Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

"The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library administers over 13 million manuscripts, 3.6 million items in the University archives, and 325,000 rare books, as well as approximately 5,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than 250,000 photographs and small prints; over 8,000 reels of microfilm; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera."

...quoted from the "About Special Collections" page (University of Virginia libraries)




25th International Conference on the History of Cartography (30 June-5 July, 2013; Helsinki, Finland)

"The International Conference on the History of Cartography is the major international scholarly conference dedicated to advancing knowledge of the history of cartography, of maps and mapmaking, broadly defined. The conference promotes global cooperation and collaboration among scholars (from any academic discipline), curators, collectors, dealers and institutions through illustrated talks, poster presentations, exhibitions, and a social programme. Educational and cultural institutions have supported each conference. Conferences are held every other year and are administered by local organizers in conjunction with Imago Mundi Ltd."

...Statement of Purpose




University of Virginia Rare Book School

Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. At various times during the year, RBS offers about 30 five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. The majority of courses take place in Charlottesville, but courses are also offered in New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. RBS courses are limited to twelve or fewer student.




London Rare Books School

The London Rare Books School (LRBS) provides a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of London's federal system. Courses will be taught by internationally renowned scholars associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Senate House Libraries, and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book, and classes are restricted to a maximum of twelve students in order to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the teachers and to get very close to the books.
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