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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

Upcoming events

MAP WORKSHOP
JOHN SMITH’S MAP OF VIRGINIA AND ITS MANY DERIVATIVES

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 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: https://goo.gl/EYvEAd

Download Workshop Flyer Here

Captain John Smith published a map of Virginia in 1612 to accompany a booklet entitled “Map of Virginia.” As engravers made changes to the copperplate from which the map was printed, several states of the map entered into circulation. It became the “mother” map of Virginia, influencing European mapmakers as they printed maps of the colony for inclusion in atlases. As a result, multiple derivatives entered the book market. Cassandra Britt Farrell, the Library’s senior map archivist will explore the differences between the states of Smith’s map of Virginia and its many derivatives, including the fascinating images displayed on these pictorial maps. Participants will learn about the individuals who copied Smith’s map and the variety of atlases and books in which these maps are included. Virginia Discovered and Discribed by Captayn John Smith is still a valuable reference for historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists—it identifies the location of Algonquian settlements and demonstrates the English translation of Indian settlements.

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

LIMITED FREE PARKING IS AVAILABLE UNDER THE LIBRARY.


2018 Annual Alan M. & Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography
17th-CENTURY VIRGINIA IN MAPS

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 10:00AM-4:00PM (Lectures begin at 1:00 PM)

Location: Library of Virginia Lecture Hall and Conference Rooms
Cost: $10 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map Society & Semper Virginia Society Members)

Preregistration required for each event throughout the day. To register: https://goo.gl/B7JD66

17th-Century Virginia in Maps is the topic of the 15th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture, presented by speakers Dr. Martin Gallivan, Dr. Buck Woodard, and Library of Virginia senior map archivist Cassandra Britt Farrell. Box lunches are offered for advanced purchase only. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

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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