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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 $50 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 Amy Bridge at 804-692-3590.  In-kind donations are fully tax deductible.

Upcoming events

The Transformation of Cartography in the Civil War Era
April 18, 2015

The 2015 Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography features Dr. Susan Schulten, history professor and map scholar at the University of Denver, and Cassandra Farrell, map specialist at the Library of Virginia. This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and behind-the-scenes tours of the Library. Experts from Old World Auctions, specialists in antique maps from the 15th through 19th centuries, will provide free map evaluations, including information on authenticity, an estimate of value, and an assessment of condition. Old World Auctions will provide verbal evaluations, not written appraisals. Due to time constraints, participants are limited to one map evaluation each. For more information call 804-692-3561.

Guest Speakers:

“The Sectional Crisis and the Reinvention of Cartography” by Susan Schulten, University of Denver
The sectional crisis generated tremendous attention to maps, as both sides raced to gather intelligence for a military conflict. But the crisis also prompted new and creative uses of cartography, particularly in the effort to map the strength of the rebellion. Maps of agricultural production and census data were designed to assess not just the landscape but also the population and its resources. These maps reveal much about the Union strategy in the secession crisis and the ensuing war, but they also introduced a fundamentally new approach to cartography that flourished thereafter.
“Field of Battle: A Changing Landscape” by Cassandra Farrell, map specialist at the Library of Virginia

Cassandra Farrell’s presentation will highlight the different types of maps from the Library of Virginia’s collections that were published, produced, used, and perused during and after the war, with special emphasis on recently acquired maps made for field use.  

Steering Committee of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society

  • William Anderson
  • John Bottger
  • Evelyn Edson
  • Dennis Gurtz
  • Edward Oldfield
  • Luke Vavra
  • David Williams
  • William Wooldridge
  • Thomas A. Wolf
  • Cassandra Farrell, Library of Virginia Liaison
  • Jennifer Blessman, Library of Virginia Foundation Liaison

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 Amy Bridge at 804-692-3590. 

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 Amy Bridge at 804-692-3590.