Publications by Our Members

Our members have published many articles, books and papers over the years. Take a look and learn something new!


Our own Wes Brown photographed by Denverite.

Guidelines for Publication

The Rocky Mountain Map Society solicits papers to be posted on the RMMS website. Please contact Angel Abbud-Madrid, RMMS President, for details. Please submit your entry as a .pdf file, or if it already resides on a website, feel free to send us the corresponding link. All contributions will be reviewed to ensure that their content is relevant to the RMMS mission.

In general, papers presented at RMMS meetings or RMMS-sponsored conferences, or other conferences sponsored by map-related professional organizations, are acceptable. So are links to map-related publications that appear in cartographic journals, blogs, or other websites.

Our Members

Members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society are from a variety of backgrounds. Most are map collectors and some members are professionals in the field of cartography, but all have an interest in history. The common thread is a fascination with maps, from the first cartographic attempts to the most recent developments. RMMS publications run the gamut from DVDs of conference presentations, books, an electronic cartobibliography, and an atlas of Colorado counties to online articles for the New York Times Opinionator Page, and .pdf files of papers presented at professional map-related conferences.

Current Publications

RMMS Member Wes Brown has written numerous papers, which can be found below:


  • "Louis Max Nell: Colorado Mapmaker." The Portolan. Spring 2019.


  • ​"Nuevo Mapa Geográfico de la América Septentrional’: José Antonio de Alzate y Ramirez’s remarkable map of New Spain." Imcos, Journal of the International Collectors Society. March 2019. Issue Number 156. 


  • ​"A Mystery Lake in Southern Colorado." The Portolan. Winter 2017.


  • ​"Pikes Peak: Early ascents that put Pikes Peak on the map." Imcos, Journal of the International Collectors Society. Summer 2010. Issue Number 120. 


  • ​"How the Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map." Imcos, Journal of the International Collectors Society. Summer 2006. Issue Number 105. 
  • "J.H. Colton 's Territories of New Mexico and Colorado." The Portolan. Winter 2004.

Larry Godwin has written a biography of the most famous nineteenth century cartographer of southwestern Colorado, Emil B. Fischer. The full article (Guide to the San Juan Mines) was published in the 2014 printed version of The Mining History Journal.
      Biography of Emil Fischer
      Lead engraving of Red Mountain City by Emil Fischer
      For links to Emil Fischer's maps, please see:
      The Mining History Journal, Volume 21 (2014), Online Supplement

Mark Greaves has published an online compendium of the Clason highway maps from 1923 to 1924. The tool is available on the Michigan State University's Map Library Web site.
      State Highway Map Dating Table

Map Record Publications announces the publication of
      The Last Great Cartographic Myth: Mer de l'Ouest
      A cartobibliography by RMMS Past President Don McGuirk

Susan Schulten's professional publications may be found at:
      Mapping the Nation: A Companion Web site
      Professional Portfolio, University of Denver

Chris Lane has written a series of essays on: The Antique Prints Blog. Shaping the Trans-Mississippi West in the 19th Century

The Rocky Mountain Map Society has published videos of the 2012 RMMS/D.U. conference. The Mapping of North America: The Westward Expansion Conference. A set of eight DVDs comprising all presentations, July 26-27, 2012. Note: All copies have been distributed. May be available via inter-library loans.

The Rocky Mountain Map Society has published its First Occasional Paper. The first official publication of the Rocky Mountain Map Society, Occasional Paper Series, No. 1, the "Atlas of Colorado Counties 1861-2001". The Atlas shows how the counties of Colorado were legally defined over the years,  providing a quick reference for identifying undated maps of Colorado.