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Rundel Latin American Map Collection

Identifier: H-Mss-1126

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Scope and Content of the Collection

A majority of collection contains maps produced in the late 1600s to the late 1800s. The subject matter of the maps is largely focused on South America; however, there a number of maps from Africa and a few on the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. The maps, as well, are predominantly English and French, with Dutch and German second, and Spanish last. Their languages reflect the countries of production, with the exception of a select few from the United States and a few French maps reproduced for German audiences.

With the maps are numerous instructional printouts detailing types of maps, likewise how to handle and preserve them. There are also several newspaper articles portraying places and cultures on the western and southern coasts of South America. There are multiple screen prints portraying features and cultures of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Lastly, many of the maps were accompanied by receipts. The receipts are either paired with a map or placed into a separate receipt folder.

While the iterative nature of the maps may not provide entirely novel data, there are variations and regional descriptions that provide significant variation based on language and nationality of the map producer. Some of the prominent mapmakers of their time, such as Jacques-Nicolas Bellin and Rigobert Bonne, appear regularly. Comparisons between maps with same subject but produced by different nations could be quite yielding for the researcher. The scope and scale of the maps will also provide researchers focused on a particular region access to material they would not be able to find so readily elsewhere. The range of engraving types, coloring, and prints reflect new methods and technologies of mapmaking and cartography that were trending within their particular era.

Manuscripts, magazine articles, prints, postcards, and select chapters provide great detailed descriptions of the author’s experience traveling and exploring remote regions and cultures of South America.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1600’s – 1800’s


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Dr. Rundel is a Distinguished Professor at UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA. Since 1983 he has been a member of the UCLA faculty and holds joint appointments in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

His research focuses on the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation of plants in the five Mediterranean Climate Regions, which include California, the Mediterranean Basin, central Chile, the Cape Region of South Africa, and Southwest Australia.

Dr. Rundel has also worked on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests in Costa Rica and Southeast Asia and formerly served as a consultant to the World Wildlife Fund on conservation planning in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

He received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his Master’s and PhD degrees from Duke University.

The collection appears to have been accumulated over time by online purchases from collectors.


8.03 Linear Feet (1 oversized document box, 1 flat box, 1 oversized flat box, 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials




Dutch; Flemish

Spanish; Castilian


Collected by Dr. Rundel, a Distinguished Professor at UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA, the Rundel Latin American Map Collection contains maps produced in the late 1600s to the late 1800s. The subject matter of the maps is largely focused on South America, but along with the South American maps are maps from Africa, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia. The maps are predominantly in English and French, however several are Dutch and German, and only a few items in Spanish. Dr. Rundel appears to have accumulated the material over time by online purchases from collectors and with the maps, there are also several newspaper articles, illustrations, prints, and magazine clippings of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia's cultures and ecology.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Maps Subseries 1.1: Africa Subseries 1.2: Asia Subseries 1.3: Other Subseries 1.4: South America Series 2: Printed Matter Folder: Newsprints/Magazines/Articles Folder: Postcards Folder: Prints and Illusions Folder: Printed Ephemera Folder: Receipts

Maps are arranged by geographical region within each subseries. Printed matter is arranged by format and genre.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift from Dr. Philip Rundel, August 2020


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Collection is processed at the item level. Materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, oversized items were separated and housed in flat folders. Fragile items were encased in mylar. An oversized item was encapsulated in mylar and placed in a map drawer.

Rundel Latin American Map Collection
Finding aid prepared by Daniel Talamantes, PhD
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States