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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.

Upcoming events

Introduction to Antique Maps Workshop
March 19, 2016

While examining a variety of antique map types, guest speaker Eliane Dotson will discuss map terminology, color application, printing techniques, manufacture and creation, and clues to look for to identify reproductions and forgeries. Join us to explore questions such as what you should ask or think about when looking at a map and what maps can relate to us within their broader context.

Guest Speaker: Eliane Dotson is vice president of the Washington Map Society, a Fry–Jefferson Map Society Steering Committee member, a map dealer, and the owner of Old World Auctions.

Suggested Audience: Those interested in learning about antique maps, appropriate for anyone—students to seniors.

Format: Part lecture, part hands-on experience with antique maps.

The Fry–Jefferson Map Society hosts this free workshop. Advance registration required. Register here: https://goo.gl/VUZHm1

For more information about this event, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804-692-3900 or e–mail Dana.Brown@lva.virginia.gov.

History of Cartography: Virginia's District of Columbia
April 16, 2016

The 2016 Alan M. and Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography features guest speakers Don Hawkins on "An Unappreciated Gift" and Dennis Gurtz on "The Evolving District of Columbia," along with an exhibition of Washington, D.C.–related maps from the Library's collections (11:00 AM–4:00 PM). The Fry–Jefferson Map Society hosts this free annual lecture series. The lectures begin at 1:00 PM, but you're welcome to arrive early for lunch (advance purchase required) and related events.

Conservation Workshop: Minor Paper Repair with Leslie Courtois, the Library of Virginia's Conservator (10:00–11:00 AM). Cost: $15 (free for Fry–Jefferson Society Members). Register here: https://goo.gl/kxeYVY

Special Collections Presentation: (11:15–11:45 AM). Visit the Special Collections Reading Room for a presentation of materials related to our nation's capital. Free.

Lunches available for advance order/purchase. For workshop registration or more information, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804-692-3900 or e–mail Dana.Brown@lva.virginia.gov.  

Steering Committee of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society

  • Penny Anderson
  • William Anderson
  • John Bottger
  • Elaine Dotson
  • Evelyn Edson
  • Dennis Gurtz
  • Edward Oldfield
  • Luke Vavra
  • David Williams
  • William Wooldridge
  • 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.