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International Conference on the History of Cartography
CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE SURVEY
11th International Conference on the History of Cartography
11ème congrès international sur l'histoire de la cartographie
July 8-12, 1985 Ottawa
Held in the auditorium of the Public (now National) Archives of Canada, Ottawa, with principal coordinator Edward Dahl. Attendance was 150; conference languages were English and French, with simultaneous translation of all papers and discussions..
The thematic sessions were "Teaching the History of Cartography," "Colonial Cartography," "History of Canadian Cartography," "Cartobibliography," "Aspects of European Cartography," "Portolan Charts and Early Rutters," and various papers on North American themes.
There were four exhibitions in the Public Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada:
Furthermore, there was the exhibition "The Discovery of the World--Maps of the Earth and the Cosmos," in the David M. Stewart Museum in Montreal.
- Treasures of the National Map Collection: A Selection
- Some Recent Cartographic Posters
- Early Maps Showing Canada, Published in Accounts and Voyages
- Dust Jackets and Early Maps
Three excursions were offered, including a cruise and dinner on the Ottawa River, a trip to Upper Canada Village and the Rideau Canal System, and a visit to Montreal, including the Stewart Museum.
It was at this ICHC that the forum on the teaching of the history of cartography was first introduced, which was well received, and which has remained an important adjunct to all conferences since. There was also a special meeting on cartobibliography, with a working group being formed, as well as one on "cartochronology."
There were about 60 papers and hand-outs; full copies of virtually all papers were distributed before the conference. There was also a full-day preconference meeting of the International Society of Curators of Early Maps (ISCEM), hosted by Dahl, where four papers were presented (See below.). It was the second such meeting at an ICHC, and was attended by about 45 people.