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Ben Huseman

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[Huseman, Ben]
  • Cartographic Archivist, Special Collections, UTA Libraries

Biography

Ben Huseman is the Cartographic Archivist at The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections (since 2006) and currently serves as Secretary for the Texas Map Society. He assisted in an N.E.H.-funded project to digitize over 5,000 maps from UTA for the Portal to Texas History.  Ben has curated dozens of exhibits of rare maps, prints, books, paintings and drawings over a long curatorial career that includes 10 years at UTA, 4 years at the DeGolyer Special Collections Library at SMU in Dallas, 2 years at Riddell Rare Maps and Prints in Dallas and 13 years at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

Ben holds an M.A. in American Civilization from U.T. Austin and a B.A. in history and art history with a German minor from TCU in Fort Worth. In addition he attended the National Archives Modern Archives Insitute “crash course” and also attended Princeton University as a graduate student in art history with a focus on 16th-18th century Central European art.

Ben has authored numerous gallery guides, exhibit catalogs, and articles, including:  Enlightenment Mapmakers and the Southwest Borderlands: Treasures from the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library (UT Arlington Library, 2016); The Price of Manifest Destiny: Maps Relating to Wars in the Southwest Borderlands, 1800-1866 (UT Arlington Library, 2014); Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands (UT Arlington Library, 2012); Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900(UT Arlington Library, 2010); Revisualizing Westward Expansion: A Century of Conflict in Maps, 1800-1900(UT Arlington Library, 2008); Mapping the Sacred: Belief and Religion in the History of Cartography (UT Arlington Library, 2006); “Territories so Extensive and Fertile”: The Louisiana Purchase (DeGolyer Library, SMU, 2004); Wild River, Timeless Canyons: Balduin Möllhausens Watercolors of the Colorado (Amon Carter Museum, distributed by University of Arizona Press, 1995); (co-author), Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848 (Amon Carter Museum and Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989); and “The Beginnings of Lithography in Texas,” in Ron Tyler, ed., Prints and Printmakers of Texas  (Austin: TSHA, 1997).

Professional Preparation

    • 1992 M.A. in American CivilizationThe University of Texas at Austin
    • 1978 B.A. in History and Art History (German),  Texas Christian University (TCU)
    • 1981 non-degree in Art HistoryPrinceton University
    • 1980 non-degree University of North Texas
    • 1994 Teaching Certification in Secondary EducationUniversity of North Texas
    • 2007 non-degree Modern Archives Institute, National Archives

Appointments

    • Feb 2006 to Present Cartographic Archivist
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2002 to Jan 2006 Curator
      Southern Methodist University, Dallas   DeGolyer Library Special Collections
    • Aug 2000 to Aug 2003 Consultant
      Riddell Rare Maps & Prints, Dallas
    • Aug 1995 to Aug 2000 Assistant Curator for Research
      Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
    • Aug 1994 to May 1995 Teacher, Texas History
      Southlake-Carroll I.S.D., Texas
    • Aug 1986 to Aug 1991 Curatorial Assistant
      Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
    • Mar 1983 to Aug 1986 Resarch Assistant
      Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Aug 1997 to Present Texas Map Society
    • Mar 1983 to Present Texas State Historical Association

Awards and Honors

Research and Expertise

  • Pre-20th-century images and maps of North America, with emphasis upon the area that became Texas

    Particular interest in determining how images and maps rate as primary and secondary sources, based upon the processes involved in their production as well as their relation to contemporary texts. Considerable knowledge of artists, explorers, soldiers, surveyors, and scientists traveling in what became the trans-Mississippi American West and Mexico and especially foreign-born travellers and their depictions of American life and landscapes.    

Publications

      Exhibition Catalog 2016
      • Author and Curator. Enlightenment Mapmakers and the Southwest Borderlands: Treasures from the Virginia Garrett Cartographic Library. An Exhibit in Conjunction with the Tenth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, October 3, 2016 through January 15, 2017. University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections, 2016.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Exhibition Catalog 2014
      • Author and Curator. The Price of Manifest Destiny: Maps Relating to Wars in the Southwest Borderlands, 1800-1866. An Exhibit in Conjunction with the Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, October 1, 2014 through February 7, 2015. University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections, 2014.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Exhibition Catalog 2012
      • Author and curator. Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of the Caribbean Isles. An Exhibition in Conjunction with the 2012 Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography, August 2012 through January 2013.  University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections, 2012. 32 p. illus.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Exhibition Catalog 2010
      • Author and curator. Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900. An Exhibition in Conjunction with the 2010 Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography. August 2010 through January 2011. University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections, 2010.  48 p. illus.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Newsletter Article 2009
      • “Hecho en Mexico: Special Collections Acquires Rare Lithographs,” University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections Compass Rose, 2009

        {Newsletter Article }

      Exhibition Catalog 2008
      • Author and curator. Revisualizing Westward Expansion: A Century of Conflict in Maps, 1800-1900. An Exhibition in Conjunction with the 2008 Virginia Garrett Biennial Lectures on the History of Cartography, August 25, 2008 through January 3, 2009. University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections, 2008. 48 p. illus.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Exhibition Catalog 2006
      • Author and curator. Mapping the Sacred: Belief and Religion in the History of Cartography. An Exhibition in Conjunction with the 2006 Virginia Garrett Biennial Lectures on the History of Cartography, October 6, 2006 through December 2006. University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections, 2006.  47 p. illus.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Exhibition Catalog 2004
      • Author and curator. "Territories so Extensive and Fertile": The Louisiana Purchase.  Dallas, Texas: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2004.  97 p. illus.

        {Exhibition Catalog }

      Essay 1997
      • Author and lecturer. "The Beginnings of Lithography in Texas." Prints and Printmakers of Texas: Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual North American Print Conference. ed. by Ron Tyler. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1997, pp. 20-47.

        {Essay }

      Encyclopedia Entry 1996
      • Author of articles on John James Audubon, John Woodhouse Audubon, John P. Blessing, Helmut Holtz for The New Handbook of Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996)

        {Encyclopedia Entry }

      Book 1995
      • Author. Wild River, Timeless Canyons: Baludin Mõllhausen's Watercolors of the Colorado. Tucson: University of Arizona Press; Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum, 1995. {exhibition catalog}

        {Book }

      Book 1989
      • Co-author and co-curator.  Martha A. Sandweiss, Rick Stewart, and Ben W. Huseman. Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848.  Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press; Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum, 1989. x 368 p. illus.

        {exhibition catalog }

Presentations

    • July  2013

      "Track Lines, Whistle Stops, and Czech Points: Visualizing Immigrant Routes To and Within Texas"

      Presentation about maps and images relating to Czech, Moravian, and Slovakian emigration to Texas in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    • February  2011

      "Track Lines & Whistle Stops: Railroad Maps in UT Arlington Library's Special Collections"

    • March  2010

      "Anthony (Anton) R. Roessler, Austro-Hungarian Immigrant and Cartographer of Reconstruction Texas: Gathering Pieces of the Puzzle"

    • October  2008

      "Revisualizing Westward Expansion: Selections from the Exhibits"

      Lecture about nineteenth-century maps of the trans-Mississippi West in the two exhibits at the UT Arlington Library Special Collections and at the Amon Carter Museum, accompanied by a tour of UT Arlington Library Special Collections

    • March  2008

      Co-lecturer with Josh Been, UTA GIS Librarian, "When a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Antebellum Images of Texas Online."

      Demonstration of "Texas Time Machine," an online use of historical maps and images, geo-referenced through G.I.S. over Google Earth.

    • October  2006

      "Mapping the Sacred: Selections from the Exhibit"

      Introduction and presentation on exhibition of maps relating to religion at UT Arlington Library Special Collections, accompanied by a gallery tour

    • March  2005

      "`Immense Droves of Wild Horses': the Cartographic Collections of SMU's DeGolyer Library"

      Presentation about maps, both separate and in rare books and atlases, from the collections of Everett L. DeGolyer, Sr., Everett DeGolyer, Jr., Stanley Marcus, B.B. Barr and John N. Rowe, and others.

    • December  2002

      Lecturer, "Balduin Möllhausen: German Artist in the American West"

      Presentation on German writer, traveller, explorer, naturalist, ethnographer, and survey artist who travelled extensively in the trans-Mississippi western U.S. during the mid-nineteenth century.

    • December  2000

      Lecturer, "Was the Artist a Spy?: Henry James Warre on the Western Frontier"

      Presentation on British soldier-artist-spy who crossed British North America (Canada) in the 1840s to observe American settlements in the jointly-occupied Oregon Territory

    • October  1999

      Lecturer, "Henry James Warre's British Military Perspective on the Oregon Country"

  • Past
    •  
      2015, May 16 -- Pictures Worth Thousands of Words: Visualizing Texas, Local, and Family History through Old Maps and Images

      This presentation for the 3S Genealogy Symposium, at the Friench-Simpson Memorial Library in Halletsville, Texas, on May 16, 2015 included visual materials largely drawn from UT Arlington Lilbraries' Special Collections.  These ranged from a 1493 map from the Nuremberg Chronicle and Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca's La Relaction to Ortelius maps and Braun & Hogenberg prints.  Other materials included Stephen F. Austin and Henry S. Tanner's map of Texas, prints based upon drawings by U.S.-Mexico War eyewitnesses, Mainzer Adelsverein maps and prints, Stieler and Andree atlas maps showing 19th-century German railway lines, U.S. railroad promotional materials, U.S.G.S. topographical maps, and insurance maps of specific towns and cities.

  • Past
    •  
      2015, September 19 -- Germans and Indians: German Perspectives of Native Americans on the Southwestern Frontier

      German-speaking pioneers, travelers, and explorers left behind a unique and particularly graphic record of early contacts with Native Americans in the Southwestern Bordlerlands. This presentation, partly inspired by Scott Zesch's book The Captured, draws upon years of research on German artists and mapmakers who depicted Indians and their lands in Texas, neighboring states, northern Mexico, Arizona, and California. Featured were original materials from dozens of local and national collections by artists such as Richard Petri, Herman Lungkwitz, Balduin Mollhausen, Friedrich Wilhelm von Egloffstein, Arthur Schott, and others.

Projects

  • 2013
    • Nov 2013 to Present "A Continent Divided: The United States-Mexico War, 1846-1848"

      Selecting and writing descriptions of original materials, including rare prints (maps, images, and books) and some manuscripts for the joint UTA Library and Center for Southwest Studies website directed and coordinated by Dr. Sam Haynes and Lynn Johnson.

      Role: Other PI:

Exhibitions

  • 2014
    • Mar 2014 Co-Curator, with Dr. Sam Haynes, "Celebrating and Forgetting, Lamenting and Remembering: The US-Mexico War 1846-1848."

      An exhibit running from March through August 30, 2014 drawn entirely from UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections of over 160 items including original letters, journals, sketches, illustrated books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, sheet music, lithographed images and maps. The exhibit was organized to highlight the UT Arlington Libraries' joint website with Dr. Sam Haynes' Center for Southwest Studies titled "A Continent Divided: The US-Mexico War 1846-1848." (See links.)  The exhibit represented only a small portion of the US-Mexico War materials collected, donated, and endowed by Fort Worth attorney, collector, and philanthropist Jenkins Garrett, Since 1995, when Mr. Garrett and Katherine R. Goodwin published their bibliography of the Library's US-Mexico War holdings, the Library has continued to acquire materials relating to this war.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 1998
    • 1998 "Images of the U.S.-Mexican War"

      Amon Carter Museum

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
    • 1998 Co-curator, "New Harmonies: Masterpieces Across the Collection"

      Amon Carter Museum

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 1997
    • 1997 Curator, "Fire & Pride: Nineteenth-Century Images of Firefighting in the Amon Carter Museum"

      Exhibit included full-size original Currier & Ives' images of firefighters in New York City as well as photographs and prints in rare books.  Accompanied by one-day display of old fire engines from the Fort Worth Fire Department.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2004
    • Sept 2004 Curator, "Images of New Spain: Treasures from the DeGolyer Library"

      Exhibition of rare images, both separate and in books, at the Meadows Museum, SMU

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
    • Sept 2004 Curator, "Mapping a New World: Cartographic Treasures from the DeGolyer Library"

      Exhibition of rare maps, both separate and in books, at the Meadows Museum, SMU

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2005
    • Nov 2005 Co-curator, with Gabriel Martinez-Serna, "Colonial Encounters: Spaniards and Frontier Indians in the Americas"

      Exhibition of rare books, maps, and images relating to the Spanish and Native Americans in North, Central, and South America from the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. 

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2009
    • Sept 2009 Curator, "`Everything Is Interrelated': Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections."

      Exhibition at The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections in conjunction with the Fall 2009 meeting of the Texas Map Society.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Other Creative Activities

  • 1992
    • Master's Thesis
      • Aug 1992 "Romanticism and the Scientific Aesthetic: Balduin Môllhausen's Artistic Development and the Images of the Whipple Expedition"

        Focuses on Prussian writer, traveler, scientist, explorer's early artistic endeavors, with particular emphasis upon Mollhausen's work with the United States Pacific Railroad Survey expedition across the 35th Parallel led by U.S. Army Topographical Engineer Lieutenant Amiel Weeks Whipple.  UT Austin thesis advisors were William H. Goetzmann and Ron Tyler.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Courses

      • HIST 3371-001 Images of the American Southwest

        Visual images tell stories and have often been a part of history. Depending upon literacy and one’s learning styles, various types of visual imagery – maps, drawings, paintings, prints, photographs -- often have a greater impact upon the popular imagination than textual sources.  This course examines the relationship between antique visual imagery and texts relating to southern North America, and particularly to the Southwest Borderlands, from the Age of European Discovery to 1900.  Drawing together original primary source materials from the rich collections at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections and building an awareness of works in other great libraries and museums, we will cast a wide geographic net from the 16th -century (with early European images of America) while increasingly focusing upon images relating to the area that became Texas up to 1900.  Wherever possible we will examine actual artifacts rather than digital copies while at the same time appreciating the advantages offered by incorporating digital and other kinds of reproductions in historical research. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Nov 2013 to  Present Secretary, Texas Map Society

      Works with TMS president to oversee, develop, and assist with programs, newsletters, mailings, and membership. 

Service to the Profession

  • Appointed
    • Aug 2010 to  Present Member, Board of Review, Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine

      Annually reviews operations and activities of this specialized cartographic library and helps make recommendations to staff, university administrators, and donor family.