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Dutton’s Atlas Symposium: How Cartography Helped Grand Canyon Become Grand

October 22, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for an engaging, entirely free and open-to-the-public symposium event offering insightful, thought-provoking presentations on the various historical-geographical and socio-cultural dimensions of Dutton’s Atlas!

Authored by Clarence Dutton as the first publication of the fledging United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District with Atlas (1882), provided the world’s first comprehensive treatment of Grand Canyon geology. It delivered an unprecedented combination of literature, art, and cartography whose reach extended far beyond its original intention.

What began as a work of science has survived as an unparalleled work of literature and landscape aesthetics. The Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District with Atlas (Dutton’s Atlas) revolutionized how modern society came to conceptualize and valorize the Grand Canyon. Click here to register

Attend in person at Hayden Library on ASU’s Tempe campus or join us online! Additional details, and instructions for online-viewing coming soon.

To learn more about the project, visit the Map and Geospatial Hub, or read more about the project in ASU News.

This event is supported by the Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University.

This is a grantee event and Arizona Humanities is not directly involved in the event planning or implementation. For this reason please use the links provided to confirm dates and times and contact the host organization with any questions. 


Arizona State University- Tempe – Hayden Library
300 E Orange St.
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
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