A Conference at the
Folger Shakespeare Library
13 and 14 March 1998
Supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

On 13 and 14 March 1998, the Folger Institute hosted "Mapping the Early Modern World," a collaborative investigation of the creation and use of maps on the Continent and in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The conference drew upon the materials and methodologies of a number of humanistic disciplines to collectively inform what might be called participants' map literacy through richly detailed and suggestive examinations of topics.

Support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation enabled the Institute to open competition for travel grants to college faculty nationwide and to distribute to conference participants a set of the color images posted here. These images are derived from the companion exhibition at the Folger, "Mapping Early Modern Worlds." Additional collaborative support for the conference and the exhibition was provided by the Folger's own department of Public Programs and by the Library of Congress's Geography and Map Division.