Trial: Fire Insurance Maps Online

section of fire insurance map of university of californiaThe Library has a trial for Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo) through February 28. The trial is set up for access on campus but not via EZProxy so you will need to be on campus or use the VPN to access the resource.

Fire insurance maps were originally created to assist fire insurance companies with assessing their liability in urban areas. They contain detailed information about properties and individual buildings.

Go to  Use the interactive map search or search by place name.  During the trial you can search and view historical map coverage throughout the U.S., but will not be able to download full resolution imagery.

Event: Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World (A Symposium)

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography and the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Present:

 Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World (A Symposium)


3:30-5:00 – Cartographic Objects Workshop at the Bancroft Library (David Faulds)

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1:15-2:45 – Graduate Student Panel, 308A Doe Library

Keith Budner (Comparative Literature) – “From Geography to Chorography: Representing Pomponius Mela, Ptolemy and Strabo in Two Spanish Renaissance Maps”

Jason Rozumalski (History) – “Kaleidoscopes of Time and Place: Images of places as events in sixteenth-century England”

Grace Harpster (Art History) – “Pastoral Maps: Devotional and Administrative Itineraries in Rural Sixteenth-Century Milan”

Moderator: Diego Pirillo (Italian)


3:00-5:00 – Plenary Panel, 308A Doe Library

Tom Conley (Romance Languages, Harvard) – “Baroque Hydrographies”

Ricardo Padrón (Spanish, UVA) – “The Indies and the Printed Page: Inventing America on the Ramusio Map of 1534”

Valerie Kivelson (History, Michigan) – “An Early Modern Great Game: Maps of Siberia and their Circulation in the 17th and 18th century”

Moderator: Timothy Hampton (French and Comparative Literature)


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Announcing the 2016 Calif. Map Society student paper contest

Call for Maps & Papers

to be presented at the California Map Society Meeting
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Undergraduate and graduate students in geography and related disciplines at UC Berkeley are invited to submit papers on a cartographic topic or original maps for a competition to present at the June 2016 Meeting of the California Map Society (CMS). Finalists will give 15-minute presentations. One winner will receive a cash award of $200 and a certificate, and up to 2 finalists will each receive cash awards of $100 and certificates from the CMS. Additionally, all finalists will receive free registration and meals for the meeting.

The CMS meeting is a one-day event for cartography professionals, faculty, and students in the state to explore emerging trends in cartography and digital mapping, including technology and applications. Students will have the opportunity to meet professionals from academia and industry throughout the day. Please visit the CMS website, for future updates of the detailed schedule.

To apply: Submit a digital copy of the attached application and your original work (digital mapping and geo-visualization submissions should be in PDF format and have a resolution of 600 DPI) to the Judging Committee (chair: Susan Powell, by Monday, April 4, 2016. The California Map Society will notify selected students by Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

For further information, contact Susan Powell at

Event: Maps & More: Maps and a Movie

The final Maps and More of the semester is tomorrow, Friday, 12/4 at 11 am in the Earth Sciences and Map Library.

Watch BBC’s “Mapman” as he travels across Britain with the aid of only Bartholomew’s vintage cycling map and a vintage bicycle. Then compare UC Berkeley’s edition of the Bartholomew map to other bicycle touring maps in the collection.

Event: Maps and More: Drought/Deluge

Friday, Nov. 20
11 am – Noon
Earth Sciences & Map Library
50 McCone Hall

Alexander Arroyo and Phil Campanile, two graduate students from the Geography Department are co-curating this month’s exhibit, which ties in with a seminar they are leading this year at the Social Sciences Matrix called “Re-Representing the Earth Through Landscape, Infrastructure, and Data.”

Event: Visualizing History: Mapping the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair

Join Bancroft Library in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition by digitally mapping rarely seen photographs of the world’s fair onto a historic map of the fairgrounds using the Historypin platform.

The event will kick off with a gallery tour by Curator Theresa Salazar of the Bancroft Library’s PPIE exhibit: The Grandeur of a Great Labor: The Building of the Panama Canal and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, followed by a reception and brief talk in the beautiful Morrison Library.

Participants will then work together to explore archival images of the world’s fair and try to pinpoint the exact locations where the photos were taken. Using maps and guides as you would have 100 years ago, you’ll virtually find your way through “The Zone” and its sometimes-fatal carnival rides, wander through the massive exhibit halls, and marvel at the architecture of the state and country pavilions. History “pinners” will see their results live on the Historypin PPIE site at the event. We guarantee you’ll never see SF’s Marina neighborhood the same way again!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

4:00-4:30 pm – Location: Bancroft Library Gallery
Bancroft Library Gallery Tour with Curator Theresa Salazar – meet in the Bancroft Library lobby (following the gallery tour, participants will be escorted to the Morrison Library for the remainder of the event)

4:30-7:00 pm – Location: Morrison Library
Welcome Reception and Talk by Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
Demonstration and Pinathon
After a quick tour of the virtual fairgrounds, you’ll have a chance to get hands-on working in groups to help us pin historic images from Bancroft’s collections onto the 1915 fairground map, using clues, fair guides, maps, and more.

Live sharing on Historypin PPIE Site
We will have groups share some of the just-pinned materials Live on the Historypin PPIE site—Tell us what you discovered in your time travels!