STIP Apr 19, 2001

History of cartography (U Southern Maine)

Matthew Edney


The University of Southern Maine announces a fellowship in the history of
cartography at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic
Education for the 2001-2002 academic year. This opportunity is ideal for an
advanced (ABD) or recently completed doctoral student who seeks to
establish or to expand a rigorous foundation in cartographic history, even
as s/he pursues a specific research agenda. The fellowship is open to
researchers from all disciplines.

The Osher Map Library is a rare map library located on the Portland campus
of USM. It contains some 60,000 maps, dating from 1475 to the present,
together with a substantial collection of reference works to support
cartographic research. The library’s cartographic collections are varied,
but emphasize the centuries before 1900 and have a particular focus on
Maine, New England, and North America generally. It services not only the
academic research community, but also the university community and, through
an aggressive outreach program, K-12 educators and the general public. More
information about the map library, its collections, and its programs can be
found on its web site:

The successful fellow will have three areas of responsibility. (1) S/he will
provide some interpretive support for the staff of the map library. (2) S/he
will be responsible for special classes for university courses held within
the map library; in the past, these courses have ranged from Art, to
English, to History, to Modern Languages, but they would be tailored to the
fellow’s experience and expertise. (3) S/he will pursue a coherent research
program in cartographic history, using the resources of the Osher Map
Library and perhaps other archives in southern Maine; this research program
can be either cartobibliographic or analytical in nature. Potential
applicants are encouraged to contact the Osher Map Library’s faculty
scholar, Matthew H. Edney — or (207) 780-4767 — to
discuss the nature of the fellow’s responsibilities and possible research

The fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 with benefits.

Applications should include a current c.v., a single-page statement of the
applicant’s interests and experience in the history of cartography, and a
single-page description of a research program to be completed while in
residence. Review of applications will begin April 23. Completed
applications should be sent to Stephen C. Bloom, Director of University
Libraries, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME 04104-9301.

9 April, 2001

The University of Southern Maine is a member of the University of
Maine System

(posted by Matthew Edney)

for further questions contact:

Matthew Edney
Associate Professor (207) 780-4767
Geography-Anthropology fax (207) 780-5310
American & New England Studies

check it out:

Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 9301, Portland, ME 04104-9301

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