23 April 2012

Virginia Garrett (1920-2012)

It is with great sadness that we must announce that Virginia Garrett (1920-2012), a great benefactor to cartographic causes, including SHD (she was a Fellow in 2003), the Texas Map Society, and the cartographic library at the University of Texas at Arlington, died this past Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Garrett was 91 years old, a loving family member, a distinguished map collector, and a philanthropist.

Click here for more on Virginia Garrett from SHD.
Click here for her obituary from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

07 April 2012

Toponyms on Portolan Charts, 1300-1600

SHD member Tony Campbell, at his great site http://www.maphistory.info, has compiled a massive and comprehensive list of the toponyms on portolan charts of between 1300 and 1600.  This great source, with an introduction and various interpretive documents, will aid those researching the exploration and cartography of the first great European Age of Discovery.

For more information, see The Introduction and Abandonment of Toponyms on Portolan Charts, 1300 to 1600.