2018-12-08 / News

New Cartography Fellowship at U-M Honors Brian Dunnigan

A new fellowship at the University of Michigan has been established in honor of Brian Dunnigan, who will retire from his job as map curator and associate director at William L. Clements Library in June. The Brian Leigh Dunnigan Fellowship in the History of Cartography was created this fall.

During his 22 years with the library, Mr. Dunnigan, a summer resident of Mackinac Island, oversaw its fellowship program and mentored many of the program’s participants.

The endowed fellowship supports research that uses the map collections at the Clements Library. It is the first fellowship the library has created devoted to cartography, the study of maps.

The library’s map collection, which Mr. Dunnigan has curated, documents the expansion of geographic knowledge of the Americas, from the 15th through 19th centuries. North American military history, frontier expansion, and the history of cartography are among the other areas the collection explores.

A retirement party is planned Tuesday, June 11, in Ann Arbor.

Contributions to the fellowship can be made by contacting Anne Bennington-Helber at (734) 764- 5864 or abhelber@umich.edu.

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