February 2017 Dinner Meeting

  • 02/15/2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • Speaker and speaker's guest; event administrator, A/V technician
  • No meal collection, attendee will pay the ULC directly
  • Program only, does not include the dinner.

Registration is closed

Speaker: Jim Akerman

“Mapping the Margins: Cartographic Travel Ephemera and Annotations in a New Light”

Book and print historians have studied marginalia and ephemera for centuries, but these subjects have largely been ignored by map historians, librarians, and curators. The modern notion of the map as a product of geographical science has marginalized cheaper and popular forms of mapmaking more concerned with didactic and persuasive ends than with accuracy. A shift toward the social history of mapping encourages a broader understanding of what a map is and of how people have used maps in their daily lives. In documenting the history of travel, ephemeral maps and annotated maps can hardly be ignored. Drawing on examples of 19th and 20th century American travel ephemera, maps, and guidebooks from the Newberry Library and his own collections, Newberry Library map curator Jim Akerman will discuss some insights into map use, the history of travel, and national and local identity that map ephemera and annotation provide, arguing that the twin phenomena are truly twins.

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd.

Social Gathering: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Club Announcements and Program: 6:00 PM
Three-course dinner ($60) immediately follows the program
. Drinks are $7 - $9.  Program without dinner is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required for the program only and for the program/dinner combination.  Reservations must be received no later than noon on Monday, Feb. 13.  Dinner no-shows or cancellations after the deadline will require payment.

Payment for reservations made by phone or e-mail (phone 312-255-3710;  email caxtonclub@newberry.org) will be collected at the event, cash or check only.  Caxton Club members may register in advance and pay with Paypal at this Web address (http://thecaxtonclub.onefireplace.com).  No on-line cancellations.


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710