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Walter W. Ristow Trust Fund

This fund was created to support the work of the Geography and Map Division, particularly for fellowships and other educational programs, and to assist in the acquisition of materials for the Division's collections, especially in the area of American cartography.

The fund honors Walter W. Ristow, who served as Chief and Assistant Chief of the Geography and Map Division from 1946 to 1978. During his tenure, he contributed extensively to the development of the Division and its collections. He also made significant additions to the body of scholarly work, particularly in the area of American cartography, and helped develop map librarianship at schools and public institutions across the country. His association with the division for more than fifty years has left an invaluable legacy and has inspired an entire generation of cartographic historians and map librarians.






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