This page provides links to (almost) everything that you might want to know about road maps, and how to start collecting them. It also shows some of the benefits of becoming a Member of the RMCA, which includes access to a large number of detailed members-only pages listed at the bottom of this page.
Membership Signup / Renewal Changes
Changes are occurring on the Road Map Collectors Association website. Some of you may have noticed that our renewal / joining page page is different. We are transitioning all members to a fixed annual renewal date with website access through September of each year. We have decided to undertake this for two reasons: to make it easier for members to know when it is time to renew and to make the website member access a bit easier to manage.
We have cancelled automatic Paypal payments for recurring renewals. Those of you who have been using the Paypal automatic renewal feature have gotten a message from Paypal that the automatic renewal payment feature is cancelled. Note: your membership is NOT being cancelled, just the automatic payment feature. Renew when you get your notice in The Legend. Once all members have transitioned to the September renewal date there is no need for the automatic renewal feature as we will all be renewing during the same month. You will still be able to use Paypal but there is no automatic renewal payment.
In addition we are now offering the ability for you to pay for your memberships and renewals using a major credit card.
Board of Directors election coming December 15 through January 20
We will be holding our Board of Directors election starting December 15th and running through January 20th. You will be able to vote on the website. Visit Board Election page to see bios of members running for the board. Starting December 15th you will be able to vote from this page.
Annual RMCA Map Meet in Indianapolis, September 27-28, 2013
The Annual RMCA Map Meet was held in conjunction with the annual Indy Antique Advertising Show from September 27-28, 2013. Around 15 members took tables to sell or exchange maps, and many more came in on the day to see what they could find. The RMCA’s own donated maps – on sale for just a a dollar a piece – proved very popular, as can be seen in the photo.
The Board met and agreed new by-laws, as well as considering ways to continue to improve the website. It also conformed that Gary Spaid will be the new Chair, Kirk Perucca will be Vice-Chair, Ken Davis will be Secretary and Edwin Patterson the Treasurer. We decided that we will probably hold the next Annual Meeting in Indianapolis again, but will try and improve arrangements for room to room trading at the venue hotel. On Saturday morning we held the Members’ meeting prior to the start of the show. Full details of the changes will be posted shortly.
Public pages are visible to everyone, and provide an introduction to the map collecting hobby.
The Types of Maps People Collect. Links to an article from Legend #45 (the club’s newsletter) that looks at some of the types of maps collected: oil company issues, official state issues, auto club maps, those published in a single year, maps with scenic covers, maps for special events…
Links From Our Members. Some of our members have their own websites, either as map dealers/traders, or simply to showcase favorite maps from their collection. This page links to the best of them.
Useful Map Sites do not belong to members.
North American Major Oil Companies’ Map Master Lists. If you’re just starting to collect oil company maps, or if you have a map that you are looking to sell on eBay and are not sure if it’s rare, this page list the main oil companies, most of whose maps are quite commonly found.
Dating Rand McNally and Gousha Maps. Dating maps from the big cartographers is remarkably easy – once you know the codes! This page explains how they work, and should be checked by all vendors before trying to sell a map (please!)
More about the RMCA
Our newsletter – the Legend – is generally published four times a year and is sent to all members. There is an archive of past issues that only members can access, but to see what you might be missing, here’s a sample issue that everyone can download:
Legend Newsletter Sample
We also have an annual meet, generally in the summer or early fall, often in Indiana or Texas (although our West Coast members occasionally get together in California). Here’s a link to the 2012 Expo Photos (with Video and AP Story).
Members Only Pages
The following pages are for paid up Members only and contain detailed information about certain types of maps, including identification codes and tables showing years and states for which certain maps were issued.
Members can download (as PDF files) issues 1 to 49 of the club’s quarterly magazine, The Legend. As well as providing links to each of these issues, the Legend download page provides a summary of contents of all issues, which is useful if you are trying to find a specific article in one of the printed magazines.
Oil Company, Officials and Other Commercial maps
The Petroleum Map Catalog Containing more detailed information than the American Oil Company Lists (above), this section of the Members’ website will eventually list all known issues by brand, section and year, identifying the cartographer for each map. Currently it is restricted to North American issues.
Official Maps Master List This contains a separate page for each US state or Canadian Province, listing all known issues, including variations and map codes.
Commemorative Event Maps – a pictorial overview. Shows maps from the two New York World’s Fairs, plus other fairs such as the Great Lakes Exposition, the Golden Gate Exposition, Chicago’s Century of Progress and Hemisfair.
ACSC Map Codes As of 10-29-2012 - Developed by Brian Hatcher and Curtis Carrroll. They have spent many hours working to compose this list so a BIG thank you. Even though it still has some holes to fill, updates to the list will come as new data is obtained.
More information about specific cartographers
Interpreting Rand Codes There’s a lot more detail than just the date that can be found from a Rand McNally map code, and this page explains how it can be deciphered.
RMCA Club Information