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Research Center Geography and Map Reading Room

Support the Division

Geography and Map holds the largest public cartographic collection in the world and is a gateway for discovery that reveals the stories of our past, present, and future.

Make your gift today and join the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society, a community of map enthusiasts who help develop, enhance, preserve, and promote these unparalleled collections. 

Your tax-deductible contribution helps reach more people and increase resources that engage, inspire, and inform those who explore the world through maps.

Your contributions support the Geography and Map Division’s efforts to:

  • Acquire rare and unique maps not currently part of the collections
  • Stimulate interest in the Library’s cartographic and geographic collections
  • Support fellowships, outreach, education, and exhibition programs

With a donation of $50 or more, you also become a Friend of the Library of Congress and have additional opportunities to see, experience and learn more about the Library as a whole and the collections first hand.

The Philip Lee Phillips Map Society

The Philip Lee Phillips Society is a dedicated group of donors and friends that support the mission of the Geography and Map Division to reach all people and increase resources that inspire, educate, and excite those who explore the largest collection of maps in the world.

The Society is named in honor of Philip Lee Phillips (1857-1924), the first Superintendent of Maps when the Hall of Maps and Charts was established in 1897.


See all Geography and Map Division upcoming events

View recordings of past Phillips Society events on the Library's website.

Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship

The John W. Kluge Center and the Philip Lee Phillips Society at the Library of Congress invite qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Geography and Map Division's collections and resources for a period of two months. Past Fellows are listed on the Kluge Center website. Learn more about the fellowship and apply on the Kluge Center website

Phillips Society Historic Publications

Previous issues are available online in either abbreviated form or in their entirety.

Read past issues of The Occasional Papers

Phillips Society Committee Members

Phillips Society committee members offer the perspective of the business, philanthropic and academic communities interested in the collections and services of Geography and Map, encourage private support for programs, services and collection development, and coordinate activities with Friends of the Library.

Steering Committee

  • Dennis M. Gurtz, MD (Chair)
  • J.C. McElveen, Jr., VA (Vice Chair)
  • William B. Ginsberg, NY
  • Frank Holcomb, TX
  • Arthur Holzheimer, IL
  • Donald McGuirk, CO
  • Glen McLaughlin, CA
  • Richard Pflederer, VA
  • Dianne Garrett Powell, TX
  • Len Rothman, CA
  • George Tobolowsky, TX
  • Tom Touchton, FL

Academic Committee

  • Ronald Grim, Boston Public Library, Ret.
  • Mark Monmonier, Syracuse University
  • Mary Pedley, University of Michigan
  • Rodney-Kite Powell, Tampa Bay History Center
  • Dennis Reinhartz, University of Texas at Arlington, Ret.
  • Susan Schulten, University of Denver
  • Cordell D. K. Yee, St. John's College, Annapolis

Ex Officio Members

  • Paulette Hasier, Chief
  • Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Former Chief
  • John R. Hébert, Former Chief


Sara L. Karrer
Philip Lee Phillips Society Liaison
Director, Alumni and Planned Giving
Development Office, Office of the Librarian

Paulette Hasier, Ph.D.
Chief, Geography and Map Division


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Final item requests at 4:15 p.m.
Closed Weekends & Federal Holidays
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