Making maps, mapping history

Additional Reading

For Wisconsin residents, the following books are available from Wisconsin's Water Library. Other individuals should contact their local public library.

Around the Shores of Lake Superior: A Guide to Historic Sites
by Margaret Beattie Bogue. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.

Around the Shores of Lake Michigan: A Guide to Historic Sites by Margaret Beattie Bogue. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.

Both travel guides (which are also available for purchase from our publications store) feature essays on the history of their respective lakes, as well as brief histories of specific lakeshore sites, communities, state and federal parks and forests, etc. Although Around the Shores of Lake Michigan is somewhat out of date (attraction hours, prices, etc.), the historical information is still valid and fascinating.

Cartographica Extraordinaire: The Historical Map Transformed
by David Rumsey and Edith M. Punt. Redlands, Calif.: ESRI Press, 2004.

Using maps from David Rumsey’s private collection, this atlas bridges the gap between historical cartography and exploration and the new technologies and applications of geographic informa- tion systems (GIS). If you are not already convinced, let Rumsey show you why old maps are so interesting. Then see more of his collection online at www.davidrumsey.com.

The Mapmakers
by John Noble Wilford. Rev. ed. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2000.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner John Noble Wilford recounts the history of cartography from antiquity to the space age in this fascinating historical account of mapmaking that stresses its evolving technology.

The Mapping of America
by Seymour I. Schwartz and Ralph E. Ehrenberg. Edison, N.J.: Wellfleet Press, 2001, 1980.

A superbly illustrated historical survey of the mapping of North America from the Age of Exploration to the Space Age, it is also marvelously written and highly readable.

Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
by Thomas M. Lillesand, Ralph W. Kiefer, Jonathan W. Chipman. 5th ed. New York: Wiley, 2004.

From recent developments in digital image processing to the next generation of satellite sys- tems, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of remote sensing and image interpretation.

Representing the Republic: Mapping the United States, 1600-1900
by John Rennie Short. London: Reaktion, 2001.

The most significant maps and mapmakers are discussed beginning with the first European maps of New Netherlands in the early seventeenth century and concluding with the Rand McNally atlases of the 1890s.

Wisconsin’s Past and Present: A Historical Atlas by the Wisconsin Cartographers’ Guild.
Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

The atlas uses historical data, full-color maps, descriptive text, photos and illustrations to provide a fascinating and colorful portrait of the state’s complex development.

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