historyThe first gathering of the California Map Society (CMS) was held on May 20, 1978, at Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Phil Hoehn, Map Librarian and conference host, along with Diane M. T. North, co-convener of the meeting, brought together persons with particular interest in maps and their value and relevancy in the State of California. Sixty-eight persons became Charter Members of the newly formed society on November 15, 1979, a number of whom remain active members in good standing today.

CMS became a California non-profit public benefit corporation in 1987. From the very beginning CMS has maintained a diverse and interesting program of events and activities. The history of the early years was compiled by Sarah Crumb in CMS Occasional Paper No. 4 from which these extracts were taken.

CMS History 1989 – 1986 [pdf]
CMS History 1987 – 1995 [pdf]

Continuing from 1995, the histories are compiled into these five year spans:

CMS History 1996 – 2000 [pdf]
CMS History 1996 – 2000 [pdf]
CMS History 2006 – 2008 [pdf]

Further details on meetings in the recent years are available in Past Meetings. Members can review more recent history in the newsletters available in the Members’ Area.

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