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The AGS Library
The AGS Library is one of North America's foremost geography and map collections. Formerly the library and map collection of the American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York, it was transferred to the Golda Meir Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1978 following a nationwide selection process by the Society. The AGS was formed in 1851 to promote the collection and diffusion of geographical and statistical information and to establish and maintain a library with a collection of maps, charts and instruments. By 1870, this library was already recognized as the "largest and most valuable" of its type in the United States. Later, at the conclusion of World War I, the United States Government centered the preliminary work of its delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, President Wilson's famous "Inquiry," at the Society's headquarters so as to be able to draw on its unique resources.
Through the years, the collections expanded in response to the Society's research activities and through donations from its members. As an outgrowth of its early interest in the unexplored regions of the world and its leadership role in the development of modern academic geography and large-scale continental and world wide mapping programs, the Society acquired tens of thousands of items to meet its own needs and made them available to a public in need of geographical information.
Today, this tradition of world-class geographic information support continues in UWM's Golda Meir Library, while the AGS in New York actively sponsors programs, publications and events in the field of geographic research, education, and national policy.
Programs and Services:Current Geographical Publications. The international bibliographic journal covering the field of geography since 1938, is published by the AGSC ten times annually.
The Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture series. Annual lectures given by prominent world authorities on various aspects of American cartographic history. Series is sponsored by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer.UWM's Academic Adventures series. A lecture/get-together series featuring members of the UWM community who have interesting tales of their work abroad. Usually 2nd Fridays at 3 p.m.
Map Society of Wisconsin. A diverse group of individuals interested in maps of various types who gather at the AGSC several times yearly to listen to talks and socialize with fellow map enthusiasts.Outreach Activities. If you are an educator, consider bringing your class to the AGSC. View the exhibits and be given a commentary on maps, books and photos that relate to your curriculum. Materials in support of UWM classes can be left on display for extended periods for student use.
Exhibits, etc. The AGS Library hosts a wide variety of meetings, classes, and lectures during the year. There is always a major exhibit in place and usually, an interesting smaller display or two can be viewed.The AGS Library is open during regular hours. It is located on the third floor of the east wing of the Golda Meir Library on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, at 2311 E. Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Parking is usually available in the UWM Union parking structure which is entered on Kenwood Blvd at Prospect Ave.
The Library is open to the general public; however, most materials are non-circulating. A large format photo copier is available for public use. Staff members are available to discuss other photographic options should they be required. Requests for information may be made by mail or e-mail to the addresses below. The digital spatial data reference librarian is available on a daily basis, but appointments are recommended.
Fax: (414) 229-3624