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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.

Volume 1 – August 2016
Volume 2 – January 2017

Upcoming events

Mark your calendar for the…

2018 15th Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography
Saturday, April 14, 2018

More information will be posted soon.


More than Just a Pretty Picture: Reading & Interpreting Maps of Virginia
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 10:00 am-11:30 am

Location: Conference Rooms

Cost: $20 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map-Society Members, $15 for Semper Virginia Society Members)

Preregistration required. To register: http://bit.ly/2tRucnk

More than Just a Pretty Picture: Reading and Interpreting Maps of Virginia for Genealogists, Historians, Teachers and Map Lovers. This hands-on workshop will explore symbols and mapping conventions used on 17th, 18th, 19th and 20 century maps to tell the development of Virginia. Maps not only document Virginia’s physical changes, but the changing perceptions of the commonwealth’s citizenry. LVA Map Archivist, Cassandra Farrell will team up with Eliane Dotson, vice president of the Washington Map Society, a Fry-Jefferson Map Society Steering Committee member, and the owner of Old World Auctions as co-presenters for this workshop.

For more information, contact dawngreggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813 for more information on this event and/or the Fry-Jefferson Map Society.

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

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. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.