The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of
British Geographers) is the Learned Society
representing Geography and geographers. The Map Room
of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute
of British Geographers) contains one of the largest
private collections of maps and related material in
the world: the one million sheets of maps and charts,
2 600 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted on
stands) and 700 gazetteers comprising the core of the
Map Room's material form probably the world's largest
private map collection.
The International Map Collectors' Society —
IMCoS — is for people who love maps. They are a
not for profit organisation, based in London serving
an expanding list of around 750 members from all over
the world. IMCoS is the world's leading map society,
recognised everywhere for its unique contribution to
map collecting and collectors. IMCoS also encourages
the study of cartographic history. Members include
collectors, dealers, librarians, academics and just
Associazione "Roberto Almagià" – Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica
The Association "Roberto Almagià" - Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Cartografia Antica aims to promote the dissemination and knowledge of historical cartography and ancient prints.
It is open to collectors, scholars and connoisseurs of the subject, antiquarians, simple enthusiasts of historical cartography and ancient prints, institutions and cultural bodies that recognize themselves in these aims.
It has cultural and non-profit purposes.
Through his site, in addition to information on the structure and activities of the Association, it is intended to share some tools for orientation in the fascinating world of historical cartography and printed views, useful both for newcomers and experts. It is destined to be regularly enriched with new pages, reports and documents, made available to all Members and to those who are interested in the subject and interested in deepening the themes of our common cultural passion.
Since its constitution, the Association has tried to carry out an intense activity of divulgation and connection between collecting, academic environment, local institutions and cultural bodies.
This activity has already contributed to the organization of annual meetings and study opportunities, as well as to the preparation of exhibitions and the relative catalogues, in collaboration with other cartographic bodies and institutions.
In particular, she has actively contributed to the organisation of the Seminari di Studi Cartografia Storica e Collezionismo in Italia, hosted annually from 2005 to 2010 in Sant'Anatolia di Narco (PG), in Valnerina and, lastly, she has promoted the Annual Meeting of the "Roberto Almagià" Association, which has been held in Civitella del Lago (TR) since 2011.
As part of these events, which were attended by representatives of universities and cartographic institutions in Italy and abroad, the members of the Association also took care of the preparation of some exhibitions, making available the material taken from their collections, most of it unpublished. The Association's initiatives have been sponsored by the Società Geografica Italiana, the CISGE – Centro Italiano Per Gli Studi Storico-Geografici, the IUAV University of Venice, the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.
The International Coronelli Society is devoted to the
scientific investigation of questions relating to old
and antique terrestrial and celestial globes,
armillary spheres and planetaria, and the publication
of the results of these investigations. Included in
its activities are matters such as the drawing up of
inventories, conservation and restoration work,
research into the producers, and questions related to
the use, of globes.
The purpose of the Washington Map Society is to
support and promote map collecting, cartography, and
cartographic history. Since 1979 the Society has
grown tremendously and our membership now includes
current and former employees of Federal, state, and
private map repositories; collectors with scholarly
knowledge gained through years of study; individuals
who enjoy selling maps — both old and new; and
many members who simply love to learn about or
This society was formed to stimulate interest in
teaching, research, and publishing the history of
geographical exploration. The scope of the Society's
activities encompasses the discovery, exploration,
and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from
earliest times to the present. Fields of
specialization include the history of European
expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial
settlement, biography, and bibliography. The Society
publishes Terrae Incognitae, a journal of
research papers and book reviews, volumes in the
series Studies in the History of Discovery and a
spring Newsletter which reports on activities of the
Society's members and general news related to the
history of cartography, discovery, and exploration.
This website has also a lot of interesting weblinks
to other cartographical websites.
The Defence Surveyors' Association, or DSA, is a
registered charity whose principal objectives are:
To maintain a permanent liaison between serving
and retired personnel, both military and civilian
who work or who have worked in the defence domain
where the focus is environmental information,
hydrographic, oceanographic and geographic surveys,
locating and target acquisition, navigation, and
To keep abreast of current issues of interest
to this professional community.
To recognise the most significant contributions
within this community by both members of the Armed
Forces and civilians through the award of annual
Topics covered by historical documents available
on the Web site:
World War I
World War II
SMS Precis - The tables list precis in
use at the School of Military Survey in the
period up to 1989.
Military Survey Unit Histories
13 Field Survey Squadron RE - A short
history of the Squadron transcribed from the
Souvenir Programme for the 150th anniversary of
the formation of the unit.
14 Field Survey Squadron RE - A short
history of 14 Fd Svy Sqn RE 1825-1975.
19 Topographic Squadron RE - A brief
history of 19 Topo Sqn RE 1827-1977.
Other Survey Unit Histories - Some documents
refering to specific survey units have been
included in this site but filed under the
chronological periods covered by the unit
250 Years of Military Survey - A history by
Yolande Hodson and Alan Gordon published in 1997 to
mark the 250th anniversary of Military Survey.
Early Aeronautical Charts - This note
highlights an episode in the fairly recent history
of military mapping and charting for which the post
First World War requirement for civil aeronautical
charting was the catalyst.
GSGS Mapping - A short explanation and an index
to GSGS Mapping.