Welcome to the website of the California Map Society. We invite you to take a tour, bookmark our site and come back for more. You'll find new and unusual sights with every visit.
Here you’ll encounter stories behind historic maps, ways that modern topographic maps are made, techniques for making maps and even making a geographic information system (GIS)... yourself, how to start your own map collection and much more. We at CMS especially enjoy maps of California and by Californians—which covers a lot of territory—but you’ll find much more than California inside.
We are passionate about all phases of cartography in its broadest sense. We are fascinated by the potential of remote sensing, GIS, and the tools for today’s digital mapmaking. Yet we love the art and history embodied in antique maps. Understanding man’s continuing change in perception of his environment and world is part of the fun of viewing old maps. And we never fail to delight in the curious forms that maps have taken over the centuries.
When you’re ready to be part of a great group of map-loving people of varied backgrounds, please come to one of our meetings as our guest. Just email one of our officers and let us know you’re interested. See you soon!
I’ve come across some old maps. Can you please tell me who the following maps may be of interest to? All maps are in what I would consider good/very good condition. They are: 1) U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service, California National Forest maps from the 1950-1965. 2) U.S. Geological Survey Topographic maps of Calif. from the 1950’s. 3)Sectional Aeronautical Charts from the 60’s. 4) There is one U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service Map of the Tongass National Forest, Alaska, from 1929. It’s in good shape. Thank you for any suggestions you may have for getting these maps to someone who will appreciate them. Thank you very much.
I am a journalist from L.A. who is writing an article about a new interactive map that was developed: a hybrid mapping and organization tool which depicts vacant parcels of land in L.A. county so they can be activated into thriving location in the community.
I seek professional feedback from CMS of this project, laopenacres.org, so I can better understand its potential and novelty.
I would be grateful if I can communicate with a NACIS member on this topic, through email, cell phone, or in person.
My phone number (310) 880-9038 and I am available from Monday-Wednesday of next week. If interested, please tell me what day and time works best for you.