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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. We also love the art and history embodied in antique maps. Understanding humanity's continuing change in perception of the environment and world is part of the fun of viewing old maps. 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 or join our society now.

"A few California Artists" (detail) Loren Munk, 2014. David Rumsey Collection
"The Mysterious Land of Shaolin: Wu Tang Clan’s Staten Island" Peach Tao, from Rececca Solnit's Nonstop Metropolis


  • OUR JOURNAL.  CALAFIA, is published twice a year and includes articles about cartography, summaries of presentations at semi-annual meetings, descriptions and links to meetings and exhibits of interest to members, book reviews, an essay on a member’s “favorite map”, and more.  Click here to view recent issues

  • OCCASIONAL PAPERS.  The California Map Society sponsors the publication of research by our members in cartography and related fields.  To view our publications to date, click here

      The California Map established an education fund in 2014 which supports an annual student competition, and Society events at the Rumsey Center.  Click here to read more. Click here to read more. 
    The California Map Society is a founding friend of The David Rumsey Map Center, which opened on April 19th, 2016, at Stanford University Libraries.   Click here to read more.

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MEMBERS.  Members receive broadcast emails for members-only events sponsored by the Society and/or its map society partners.


 The Society's YouTube channel provides numerous videos of events sponsored by the Society and/or its map society partners.

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Some videos of past events may only be viewed by members.

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The Society has five membership grades: Student, Active, Retired, Patron, and Life Membership. All CMS Members receive the following benefits:

  • two Calafia Journals each year
  • a continually updated e-Directory of all Members
  • full access to the private Members’ Area of the CMS website
  • invitations to all Member Meetings and CMS Special Events
  • local group meetings
  • e-mails of upcoming events of interest to Members.


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  • directory of members
  • limited-view videos of past events
  • renew membership
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  • organizational documents
  • limited view videos
  • meeting minutes
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