The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Most meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at the Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM.

September 15, 2015 – Camille Bradford: “William Henry Jackson, Artist and Mapmaker in His Later Years”

Camille photo

Camille Bradford

5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, Gates Room, 5th Floor
This presentation is free and open to the public.


William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the trails. From 1929 until his death, Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and paintings of historic western scenes. His iconic photographs have been reproduced in numerous books and magazines over the years.

A number of Jackson’s paintings appeared in several books written by OTMA’s president, Howard R. Driggs. OTMA later became the American Pioneer Trails Association (APTA). After Jackson’s death, APTA donated a collection of his paintings to the Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska, with funds for the creation of the William Henry Jackson Wing.

Camille Bradford is past president of the Colorado chapter of the Oregon- California Trail Association (OCTA) and an active member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. She is also the stepdaughter of Howard R. Driggs. This presentation will include photographs, correspondence, maps and movie clips from the Howard R. Driggs Collection at Southern Utah University

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Oct. 19-23, 2015

The Annual International Map Collectors' Symposium (IMCoS)
Capetown, South Africa.
Click here for IMCoS 2015 Events.


Oct. 20, 2015

Joseph Kerski
"Examining 100 Years of USGS Topographic Maps in a Web-Based Platform"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library.
This program is free and open to the community.
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Dec. 8, 2015

Vincent Szilagyi
"Myths, Men and Monsters: Exploration and Cartography in Central Africa"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library.
This program is free and open to the community.
Details TBD.


Announcements by RMMS Members

Check out the Denver Public Library, Western History and Geneaology Department's New Collection of Digital Maps of Denver.
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Link to DPL's Collection of High-Resolution Downloadable, Digital Maps of Denver

RMMS member and guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Kerski, announces a fall course at the University of Denver,
Why Maps Still Matter -- Geotechnologies for a Smarter Planet.
This course on GIS for the “non-GIS community” is part of the university's enrichment program.

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