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.
Publications by RMMS Members
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.
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.
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 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.
Note: All copies were distributed. May be available through inter-library loans.