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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

Wes Brown:





Dr. Don McGuirk (RMMS Founder and Member):

  • Books:

 The Last Great Cartographic Myth: Mer de l’Ouest, with an English translation of Nouvelles cartes des découvertes de l'amiral de Fonte by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1753) (Cambridge, Mass.: MapRecord Publications, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-0-9794768-8-4.


  • Journal Publications:

1.   "Giovanni Andreas Di Vavassori's World Map of c. 1522: Discussion and a Proposed  Derivation," The Portolan: Journal of the Washington Map Society (no. 111, Fall 2021: 45-52.

2. “A Survey of the Stars and Stripes on Early Maps, 1777–1795,” The Portolan: Journal of the Washington Map Society (no. 103, Winter 2018: 45-54.

3. “New Research Supports a Modification of Samuel Eliot Morison’s Theory Concerning Columbus’s Inter-island Route through the Bahamas,” Terrae Incognitae: The Journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries 49 (no. 2, 2017).

4. “The Presumed North America on the Waldseemüller World Map (1507): A Theory of Its Discovery by Christopher Columbus,” Terrae Incognitae: The Journal for the History of Discoveries 46 (no. 2, 2014): 86-102.

5. “The Forgotten ‘First Map with the Name of AMERICA’ (The 1520 Apianus World Map: History, Census and Comparison with Waldseemüller’s 1507 World Map),” The Portolan: Journal of the Washington Map Society (no. 77, Spring 2010): 26-36.

6. “Ruysch World Map: Census and Commentary,” Imago Mundi 41 (1989): 133-141.
7. “The Depiction of Cuba on the Ruysch World Map,” Terrae Incognitae: The Journal for the History of Discoveries 20 (1988): 89-97.

8. “The Mystery of Cuba on the Ruysch World Map,” The Map Collector 36 (September 1986): 40-1.

9. “The Sylvanus 1511 World Map: The New World Locked in an Old Cage,” International Map Collectors’ Society Journal 4 (no. 3. August 1984): 5-9.

Larry Godwin:

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:

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

Susan Schulten:      

Mapping the Nation: A Companion Web site

Professional Portfolio, University of Denver​


Chris Lane 

The Antique Prints Blog. Shaping the Trans-Mississippi West in the 19th CenturyMap

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

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.

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