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the Connecticut Map Society

Dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps, with a special emphasis on Connecticut cartography


the Connecticut Map Society
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps, with a special emphasis on Connecticut cartography

about the society

The Connecticut Map Society was founded this year by three map enthusiasts: Connie Brown, Brian Tims, and Maryann Ott. The purpose of the Connecticut Map Society, a non-profit corporation, is to promote the study of cartography and its history, to encourage map collecting, and to support the preservation of the world’s cartographic heritage. Membership is open to everyone and includes collectors, dealers, curators, academics, cartographers, and those who simply enjoy maps.

We believe in the potential and power of maps to touch us and communicate about our world in ways that only the cartographic image can achieve. Our interests include, but are not limited to, cartographic history, the role of maps in exploration and discovery, maps as art, the intersection of maps and technology, global and political maps and contemporary mapping practices.

We come together about six times a year. Our events are held at various locations around the state of Connecticut, and are an opportunity for members to enjoy presentations by a wide variety of speakers, scholars, collectors, curators and creators of maps. On occasion, arrangements are made for special field trips to view private map collections, museum shows, gallery exhibitions, special lectures, and map-related events.

If you love maps, want to learn more about them, and want to meet others who share a similar passion, we encourage you to join the Connecticut Map Society!

Meet our founders:

Connie Brown, our President, makes hand-painted custom canvas wall maps for individuals, organizations, and companies. She is interested in all kinds of mapping, historical and current.

Brian Tims, our Vice-President, is an attorney who enjoys collecting and researching antique maps (and globes, too). His areas of interest include nautical maps of Long Island Sound, early maps of Connecticut, and bird’s eye views of New England.

Maryann Ott, our Treasurer, is a visual artist who often uses maps in the creation of one-of-a-kind works of hand-colored photography, collage, and ephemera. As an amateur astronomer, she is especially interested in celestial maps.


We welcome you to join the Connecticut Map Society. As we are a volunteer organization, your membership dues directly support the honoraria paid to our presenters, the administration and hosting of our website, and meeting related expenses.

We currently offer three membership levels, with dues paid annually:

Student Members ($25) join us at a discounted membership rate and are welcome at all events.

Basic Members ($35) are welcome at all events and their dues help cover our administrative costs.

Sustaining Members ($75) are those who provide the Connecticut Map Society with additional resources to bring high-profile speakers to our events.  We thank our Sustaining Members: Frank Cochran, Paul Lombroso and Jan Naegele.

Charter Members are the generous, early supporters of our mission.  We thank our Charter Members: Connie Brown, Neil Currie, Ron Gagliardi, Steve Hanon, Peter Herbst, Hazel Jarvis, Andrew Kapochunas, Barbara Lamb, Duncan Milne, David Moulton, Maryann Ott, Deborah Shapiro, Brian Tims, and Johan (Joop) Varekamp.

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Field Trip: The Yale University Map Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Presenters: George Miles, William Robertson Coe Curator of Western Americana, and Michael Morand, Beinecke Public Relations & Communications Officer
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 2-4 pm (please plan to arrive promptly at 1:50)
Location: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511.  Click here for directions and parking information. We suggest allowing 20 minutes for parking: plan to arrive in New Haven at 1:30 for time to park and arrive at the Beinecke by 1:50. Connie, Maryann, and Brian will be in the lobby to greet you.

We’re kicking off spring and our 2018 season with a must-see event at the Beinecke Library in New Haven: a tour of Yale University’s renowned cartographic treasures, including the 1489 Marcellus Map (an important early world map showing the New World); the Codex Reese (a mid-16th century map of Mexico City with a great backstory); and William Clark’s 1810 Lewis and Clark Expedition Map (the original!). Join us for the rare opportunity to view these maps and many others. Beyond that, we’ll learn how to engage the Yale map collection online or in the Beinecke Library reading room.

Space is limited to 40 guests: first come, first served. RSVP to ctmapsociety@gmail.com or call Connie: 860 575 4640. First priority is given to the Connecticut Map Society, then to members of our sister organization, The New York Map Society. Note to our members: we’re still a new organization, hoping to widen our membership base.  Invite your friends (so long as they RSVP)—even if they aren’t mapheads, they’ll be interested in maps once they’ve seen this collection!

contact us

The Connecticut Map Society is staffed by volunteers. Every effort will be made to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.

Please send us your message using the form below or email us at:



Below are links to cartographic resources on the web. Members may suggest additional links either at our meetings or by emailing ctmapsociety@gmail.com.


The Map Room is a blog about maps by Jonathan Crowe that covers everything from antique map collecting to the latest in geospatial technology.


An invaluable resource of over 71,000 historical maps and map images, the David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World.


A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. The CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center and a collection that includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, maps and other historical materials.


Our wonderful neighbors to the west.


The Chicago Map Society is the oldest in North America.

William P. Cummings Map Society


The William P. Cummings Map Society is located in North Carolina and has an informative blog with map news and local events.


Our wonderful neighbors to the northeast.


The California Map Society was founded in 1978 and has a website with many links of interest to map lovers.


A great map blog from the Library of Congress.

Source of map displayed on homepage: Damerum, William, and Peter Maverick. Map of the southern part of the state of New York including Long Island, the Sound, the state of Connecticut, part of the state of New Jersey, and islands adjacent: compiled from actual late surveys. New York: Wm. Damerum, 1815. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/97683279/. (Accessed December 05, 2016.)