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Extracts from reports made by previous
J.B. Harley Research Fellows

'At the British Library, I examined a number of almanacs, gazetteers, town plans, road maps, newspapers, geographical textbooks, and manuscripts in order to glean some sense of the type of map-use I am deeply appreciative of the support provided me by the Harley Research Fellowship and the aid extended by the staff of the British Library's Map Library.' (BLS)

'I also found some maps I knew about but had not previously located...so, several gaps have been filled, allowing me to complete the research phase...As a bonus, I had the opportunity to attend a 'Maps and Society' lecture, where I met interesting British historians of cartography. The cheerful Greek dinner, which rounded off that evening, was memorable.' (CLM)

'It was an important opportunity for me to meet people from the cartographic circle, and a human and intellectual enrichment...I will never forget this award.' (GF)

'The Fellowship enabled me to spend a very stimulating and profitable period of intensive study at the British Library.' (GR)

'It was a joy to conduct my research in London, and in large measure that was due to the warm and cheerful welcome that I received...My stay in London as a Harley Fellow was delightful, memorable, and productive...The J. B. Harley Fellowships are recognized as a prestigious means for studying the history of cartography, and I am confident that they will continue to attract and encourage scholars from around the world.' (IB)

'I am grateful for the opportunity which the J.B. Harley Fellowship gave me to work with the collections and to meet a number of map historians, librarians, academics and booksellers'. (JF)

'Holding a Harley fellowship not only allowed me to make significant progress on my research project - progress that I could not have made without its assistance - but undertaking this research has sowed the seeds for several more linked projects'. (JR)

'The map contained hand-written notes ... not only did these notes confirm the major thesis of my published research so far but provided other information I would have never been able to cull from a purely textual source.' (KO)

'Thanks to the Harley Fellowship, I was able to double-check the information in some of the manuscripts crucial to my dissertation...It also provided me with the opportunity to personally examine some of the maps that I had only seen in photographic reproductions'. (KP)

'While some argue that electronic technology will replace libraries with larger "servers" and perhaps even eliminate fellowships for on-site consultation of materials in favour of online reproductions, I sincerely hope that the Harley fellowships continue so that scholars will have access not only to the documents themselves, but to the wealth of information to be obtained by discussing one's work with the expert library staff.' (LB)

'The project I outlined in my Harley proposal, 'National and Imperial Cartographies of South Africa', has been profoundly affected as a result of my research... The amount and quality of input and material have been staggering, both from within my specific area of South African mapping and from the map history community in general. I have also had the chance to meet many people whose work I have long admired, and the Maps and Society lectures were sheer delight.' (LFB)

'I am very grateful to the Fellowship Committee for honoring me with this award. In addition to the valuable research it permitted me to carry out, I was able to meet many in the London "map community" `. (MC).

`The list of relatively unknown maps of the cities of the Levant has considerably grown thanks to the visit. A far better understanding of the chronology of the production of several town plans and regional maps has been achieved ... without the help of the J.B. Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography, none of this research would have been possible'. (MD)

'I count as one of the privileges of this visit the delight of seeing original manuscripts and printed copies of some of the important cartographic and topographic works of the time...Being a J.B. Harley Fellow will have great practical impact and it is a great distinction...I feel deeply honoured to have been chosen for this award which has given my career an outstanding stimulus.' (MMC)

[Referred to] 'a series of letters exchanged between La Condamine and several South American creoles, which described the history and geography of the Amazon region. These documents are crucial in reconstructing the process by which La Condamine’s 1745 map of the Amazon, one of the most important documents for my doctoral dissertation, was conceived and executed...I will cite with great enthusiasm the Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography that made such research possible.' (NS)

'As a result of preparation, I was able to devote most of my attention to primary sources...In addition to what I had expected to find, my research in London was invaluable in bringing to my attention a number of avenues of which I was previously unaware'. (RS)

'I had the unique opportunity to study 107 new maps (51 of them are essential) and saw maps in original, which I was familiar with [only] from photographic reproduction.' (RT)

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