Please join John Delaney, Curator of Maps, for a tour of the current exhibit in the main exhibition gallery at Firestone Library, “First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps”. The tour will meet in the main exhibition gallery at Firestone.
“First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps” introduces viewers to the early history of thematic mapping–the topical layering (Z) of geographic space (X-Y). Exhibited are early, if not the earliest, thematic maps in various disciplines, such as meteorology, geology, hydrography, natural history, medicine, and sociology/economics. Several groundbreaking exemplars from the fields of ethnography, linguistics, and communication and transportation are included. A few, more conceptual, maps about literary subjects, love/marriage, and utopia extend this thematic cartographic exploration.
Finally, to answer this basic question–Who is the typical exhibition viewer?–an on-going thematic map is being created from viewer responses regarding gender, Princeton or other affiliation (student, alumnus, faculty/staff, local resident, other visitor), and the state or foreign country where the person was born and/or grew up. Everyone has a chance to put themselves literally on the map.