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David Judkins Weaver papers

Call Number: MS.LMEC.0005

Scope and Contents

The David Judkins Weaver papers consist primarily of maps dated 1799-2019, bulk 1970-2019, that were created or collected by David Judkins Weaver (1951-), a cartographer and geographer in Boston, Massachusetts, who worked at various companies and Massachusetts agencies from the early use of computer cartography in the 1970s through its development and increasing adoption to prevalent method of cartography in the 2010s.

The collection contains manuscript and printed maps, notebooks, books, pamphlets, documents, photographic prints, 35mm slides, and tools. It includes his professional portfolio, notes, and independently published maps; maps from organizations at which he was employed, mainly MassGIS and Applied Geographics, Inc.; his collection of traditionally published maps and computer-assisted maps; cartography reference materials; and cartography tools. A large portion of maps are of Massachusetts and New England or show coastal and environmental information.


  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2019
  • 1799 - 2023


Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English with some materials in Swedish.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Please contact the Leventhal Map and Education Center to make a research appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.

David Weaver (1951-)

David Judkins Weaver (1951-) is an American cartographer and geographer who worked in manual cartography, digital mapping and cartography, and geographic information systems (GIS) from 1974-2016. His work focused on coastal areas, environment, base mapping, and map design. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1951. In 1974, he received a BA in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

From 1974-1977, he was cartographer of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) new Office of Coastal Zone Management. He compiled the natural and cultural resources of the coast and produced maps of the George's Bank in response to a major offshore oil spill. In 1976, he produced the Boston bikemap as a freelance project for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Boston Area Bicycle Coalition.

In 1978, he designed and compiled computer-produced town atlases for Cities Corp, a subsidiary of Esselte Map Service. From 1978-1979, he was a project manager at University of California, Santa Barbara for an exhibit displaying marine science research projects at an international marine science conference.

From 1979-1983, Weaver self-published maps of the New England coast, his version of Matthew Fontaine Maury’s Whale chart, and several editions of Boston bikemap. From 1983-1986, he worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) providing cartographic services for state and Boston-area municipalities and produced the Massachusetts bicycle map.

In 1986, Weaver was hired as cartographer for the new MassGIS project, a joint initiative of the EOEA and the United States Geological Survey to build a geographic information system for Massachusetts. Weaver helped develop the first statewide GIS datasets in the MassGIS database, including roads, hydrography, municipal boundaries, aquifers, public water supply wells, hazardous sites and facilities, and land use. In 1989 the project was transferred to EOEA and the scope was broadened to provide staff training and GIS application services support to all EOEA agencies. Projects were also initiated with other agencies including Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In 1991, Weaver left MassGIS and cofounded Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo), a GIS consulting firm in Boston, MA. He managed many projects for municipal, state and federal clients. Weaver was vice president until his retirement in 2016. He remained on the board of directors until 2022. In 2017 Weaver received the Peter S. Thatcher Award from the Northeast Arc Users Group for his career of service to the GIS community. In 2018 he inventoried and organized the chart and map collection of the Boston Marine Society.


5 Cubic Feet (41 folders, 4 boxes)


The papers are arranged in six series:

  1. Professional portfolio
  2. MassGIS
  3. Applied Geographics, Inc.
  4. Computer cartography
  5. Historical collection
  6. General map and cartography books

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Judkins Weaver, 2022.

Separated Materials

General books and atlases were added to the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center general collection.

Processing Information

The arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed by LMEC staff during processing in the absence of an original order. Duplicates and items unrelated to cartography were returned to the donor.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

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David Judkins Weaver papers
Lauren Chen
2023 March
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