IMCoS 34th International Symposium, Chicago

24–29 October 2016

‘Private Map Collecting and Public Map Collections in the United States’ is the theme for the 34th symposium.

Preliminary Programme

Please note that all times are subject to change; please refer to the final program, which will be published in August 2016

Monday 24 October

6:00 – 7:00 pm                      Welcome reception at the Newberry Library

Tuesday October 25

9:00 – 9:15 am                      Welcome and opening remarks: James Akerman and Hans Kok

9:15 – 11:00 am                    Session 1: Private Collecting and Map Libraries in the United States with Brian Dunnigan (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan); Ian Fowler (Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine); Ronald Grim (Norman Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library); Ben Huseman (Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, University of Texas-Arlington);  and Julie Sweetkind-Singer (Stanford University)

11:00 – 11:15 am                   Refreshment break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm             Session 2: Short papers

12:15 – 1:45 pm                     Lunch

1:45 – 3:30 pm                       Session 2: Collecting the Map Collections of the Newberry Library with James Akerman, Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Peter Nekola

3:30 – 3:45 pm                       Refreshment break

3:45 – 4:30 pm                       Lecture: Chris Lane (Philadelphia Print Shop West)

5:45 – 9:30 om                      Visit to Adler Planetarium and annual banquet (travel by bus to and from the Newberry; buses leaves at 5:15 pm)


Wednesday, 26 October

9:00 am – 6:00 pm               All-day excursion to the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) and the MacLean Collection

9:00 am                                Buses leave from the Newberry

11:00 am                               Arrival, AGSL, tour and exhibition viewing

Noon                                   Light lunch and lecture

2:00 pm                                 Departure from AGSL

3:00 pm                                 MacLean Collection, tour and exhibit viewing

5:00 pm                                 Departure from MacLean Collection

6:00 pm                                 Arrival back at the Newberry Library


Thursday, 27 October   Free morning and afternoon



The symposium registration fee of $250 is all-inclusive of all the events associated with the IMCoS and the Nebenzahl Lectures, including the annual banquet, receptions, and tours.

The registration takes place on the Newberry site (as they are running the event) rather than ours:

the main event page for the symposium is: >,

and the online registration form is at: >

Please note that the Chicago International Map Fair requires a separate registration fee.

For information, go to


We have reserved a block of rooms at The Talbott Hotel, 20 East Delaware Place, two blocks from the Newberry, for the use of IMCoS Symposium registrants. The special symposium rate for single or double rooms (i.e., one or two beds) is $205 per night. This rate applies for the nights of 23 October (Sunday) through 29 October (Saturday). For reservations, registrants must contact the hotel directly at (01) 312-397-3619. When making a reservation, please be sure to indicate that you are part of the IMCoS/Newberry event. The rooms will be held at this rate until 23 September 2016. Fall is a busy season for Chicago hotels, and registrants are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible. Persons attending the symposium are welcome to make reservations at another of the many hotels near the Newberry. Several hotels offer rooms for guests at Newberry rates.

For information about these and other hotels near the Newberry, visit the listing provided on the Newberry’s website at