Fry-Jefferson Map Society
The mission of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society is to develop, enhance and promote the cartographic collections of the Library of Virginia. Funds raised by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society go directly to support this mission. Membership in the Fry-Jefferson Map Society is $75 and entitles you to special benefits, including admission to the annual Voorhees Lecture, advance notice of lectures and other Library programs.
More information on becoming a member.
In Kind Gifts
The Library of Virginia's cartographic collection thrives in large part through the generosity of people who have given maps and other materials to the collection. If you have a map or other document that you wish to consider donating to the Library of Virginia Foundation, please call Dawn Greggs at 804-692-3813. In-kind donations are fully tax deductible.
We are pleased to share the Library of Virginia has launched a Fry-Jefferson Map Society E-Newsletter for members in August 2016. While the newsletters will be available online, members receive a first-hand look via email.
14th Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography
RICHMOND: EVOLUTION OF A CITY
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Lecture Hall, Conference Rooms & Special Collections
The 2017 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography features guest speakers Marianne M. McKee on “From Survey to Settlement: Maps of the City of Richmond, Virginia,” Lyle Browning on “LVA Maps & Archaeology: The Lost, the Forgotten, and the Misbegotten,” and Leslie Courtois on “Conservation of Richard Young’s Manuscript Maps of Richmond,” along with an exhibition of Richmond-related maps from the Library’s collections.
Schedule & Registration Information:
To register go to http://bit.ly/Voorhees17 or for more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or Dawn.Greggs@lva.virginia.gov. Box lunches are available for pre-order only.
Exhibition of Richmond Maps | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Map Appraisals by Old World Auctions | 10:00 AM-Noon
Experts from Old World Auctions will provide free map evaluations, including information on authenticity, an estimate of value, and an assessment of condition. Verbal evaluations will be provided, not written appraisals. Participants limited to one map evaluation each.
Tours of Special Collections | 10:15 AM & 11:15 AM
Registration required. Visit the Special Collections Reading Room for a presentation of materials related to Virginia’s capitol city.
Lunch Break | Noon-1:00 PM (Box lunches are available for pre-order.)
Lectures | 1:00-3:00 PM
MARIANNE M. MCKEE
FROM SURVEY TO SETTLEMENT: MAPS OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
Today’s city of Richmond was outlined in a 1737 survey focused at Shockoe Creek, and, like most cities, it has grown well out of these beginning lines. From the first existing survey to a view of the types of maps produced for various reasons, Richmond maps may serve as an example of what maps exist for many cities and document urban growth.
LVA MAPS & ARCHAEOLOGY: THE LOST, THE FORGOTTEN, AND THE MISBEGOTTEN
Using existing maps, patent drawings, court files, and other cartographic resources for projects that pertain to the Falls of the James, Browning and his colleagues have found lost resources, explained anomalous finds in the river, and fleshed out the use of the area between the banks of the river that otherwise would be viewed as water but devoid of meaning.
CONSERVATION OF RICHARD YOUNG’S MANUSCRIPT MAPS OF RICHMOND
This lecture offers an in-depth exploration of the challenges involved in preserving heavily damaged, large-format manuscript maps of Richmond from the early 1800s. From the initial evaluation process, to conservation treatments, to storage options for large maps, you’ll gain unique insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the Library of Virginia to preserve its treasures.
Steering Committee of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society
- Penny Anderson
- William Anderson
- John Bottger
- Elaine Dotson
- Evelyn Edson
- Dennis Gurtz
- Edward Oldfield
- David Williams
- Library of Virginia Liaisons – Leslie Courtois, Audrey McElhinney, Cassandra Farrell
- Library of Virginia Foundation Liaison – Dawn Greggs
LVA Map Links
- Alan M. Voorhees Map Collection
- From Williamsburg to Wills's Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map
- Maps, Charts & Atlases - The Alan M. Voorhees Collection at the Library of Virginia Exhibition Guide
- Mapping Virginia
Adopt Virginia's History
Many of the Library's rare books, manuscripts, maps, ephemera and other items in our collections are in desperate need of conservation and restoration before they can be released for use. These maps are available for adoption through our Adopt Virginia's History program. Any donation of $100 or more towards the conservation of an item will be noted in the item's catalog record, and a card noting the adoption will be placed with the item. Additionally, you will receive a handsome certificate recognizing your contribution. For more information and a list of maps in current need of conservation, please call Dawn Greggs at 804-692-3813.
The Fry Jefferson Map Society relies on the support of local businesses to support its mission and programming. For information on the benefits of sponsoring a Map Society program, please call Dawn Greggs at 804-692-3813.