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Picture of the author (in dark suit, with Kenneth Nebenzahl) taken at the closing dinner of the 2009 ICHC in Copenhagen (courtesy of the Danish Royal Library, ©Karsten Bundgaard)

Picture of the author at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Antwerp ICHC (courtesy of the local organisers)

Belo Horizonte, July 2017     ICHC, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 2017 [photograph by Ed Dahl]

Amsterdam, July 2097     ICHC, Amsterdam, July 2019 [photograph courtesy of the organsers]

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History of the site

The 'Map History' site was officially launched in an announcement to the MapHist list on 13 February 1997. However, a number of pages had been mounted in late 1996, and the site's inception can be traced back, more than a year earlier, to a proposal put to a (generally sceptical) audience at the September 1995 meeting in Vienna of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps. This was followed by a more detailed proposal sent to MapHist on 1 November 1995. Behind even that, though, was a message (again - where else? - to MapHist) on 25 March 1995. This made a cogent case for a 'centralized location', where bibliographical references could be posted, added to, and remain readily accessible. That message was posted by Josh Hane (who was to die, tragically early, on 21 June 1996) and his colleague at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Geography, Charles Dean. I would like here to acknowledge Josh and Charles for giving me the idea.

From the outset, until summer 2003, 'Map History' formed part of the website of the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), whose hospitality is gratefully acknowledged. At the beginning, I supplied text, which was turned into webpages by Derek McGhie (who was to die, tragically young, in 2000). Subsequently, I graduated to editing existing pages online and, later, to managing all web operations for 'Map History'. I would like to express my thanks to Derek, and to his successors at the IHR for all their helpful advice.

Tony Campbell, August 2003

Since August 2003 the site has enjoyed the helpful hospitality of Jack Benson's Ammonet web hosting

'Map History' is being regularly archived

In some instances a 'Calendar' link allows you to choose a particular download date. It is good to be able to confirm that Word tables and Excel spreadsheets can be called up.

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