Founded in 1979, the Washington Map Society (WMS) is an international organization of nearly 400 members worldwide, who are dedicated to promoting the understanding and enjoyment of maps of all kinds. Maps represent an amazingly diverse universe, and whether they are old or new, functional or decorative, manuscript, printed, engraved in stone or digital, they have proven to be amazingly effective in an impressively wide range of human activity. And the members of the Society are almost as diverse as the maps themselves. Our members represent a broad range of professions and activities – historians, collectors, map sellers, researchers, archivists, students, computer scientists, surveyors, and astronomers to name a few.
The WMS is a non-profit organization run by member volunteers and every dollar raised through member dues and donations is used to promote the mission of supporting and promoting map collecting, cartography and the study of cartographic history.