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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.

E-Newsletter

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
Volume 3 – July 2017
Volume 4 – January 2018
Volume 5 – Summer 2018

Upcoming events

2019 Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography

Pictorial Maps: The Art, History, and Culture of This Popular Map Genre

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Author Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby, Eliane Dotson, Cassandra Britt-Farrell
Location: Conference Rooms, Lecture Hall, Conservation Lab
Cost: $10 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map-Society Members and Semper Virginia Society Members)

The 2019 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography features guest speakers Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby on “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” and Eliane Dotson on “Putting the ‘Art’ back in Cartography.”

Preregistration required. To register: https://bit.ly/2HHhvnZ

For more information, download flyer.

EXHIBITION OF PICTORIAL MAPS | 10:00 am–4:00 pm

MAP APPRAISALS BY OLD WORLD AUCTIONS | 10:00 am–Noon
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.

TOURS OF CONSERVATION LAB | 10:15 am & 11:15 am
Visit the Conservation Lab with the Library’s conservator, Leslie Courtois. Preregistration is required.

EXPLORING MAPS IN DIGITOOL WORKSHOP | 11:00 am–Noon
This workshop will guide users to the Library’s map collection in the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Memory portal. Time will be spent reviewing the different types of maps and collections available online for map researchers, students, etc. Registration required.

LUNCH BREAK | Noon–1:00 pm
Box lunches are offered for advance purchase only.

LECTURES | 1:00–3:00 pm
Lecture Hall
Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby and Eliane Dotson

For more information about the event or membership, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

THE FRY-JEFFERSON MAP SOCIETY HOSTS THIS ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES. LIMITED FREE PARKING IS AVAILABLE UNDER THE LIBRARY.


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.



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