Inventory of the
Bernard V. Gutsell fonds

Inventory #F0489

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0489
Title:Bernard V. Gutsell fonds
Dates:1945-2005, predominant 1971-1989
Extent:1.0 m of textual records and photographs
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Bernard V. Gutsell (professor, publisher, and editor) was born in Dover, England in 1914. He graduated from King's College, University of London with a degree in geography in 1937. He held positions with the British Admiralty Hydrographic Office, Map Library (War Office), and Intelligence Branch of the Assistant Chief, Air Staff (RAF). In 1942 he initiated the transfer of maps from the War Office to geography departments in universities in Britain, which developed into the map depository program after becoming government policy. In 1947, he sat on a committee that established the Map Library Group. In 1948, Gutsell immigrated to Canada where he joined the Geographical Bureau (later known as the Geographical Branch) in Ottawa and became Head of Publications. There he met his wife, Barbara. In 1965, Bernard and Barbara Gutsell began The Cartographer, a private journal publishing papers on cartography. The journal would eventually become Cartographica, one of the foremost journals in its field. In 1965, Gutsell was invited to join York University where taught courses on cartography while continuing the journal. During his tenure at York University, he helped to establish the CCA (Canadian Cartographic Association). Gutsell retired from teaching in 1979 when he also transferred ownership and copyright of Cartographica to the University of Toronto Press. After his retirement from teaching, Gutsell's editorial efforts continued. He remained editor of Cartographica until 1994. After being elected to the ICA Publications Committee, Gutsell and Roger Anson initiated the ICA Newsletter in 1983; they continued to coordinate the publication for the next 10 years. Gutsell co-authored The American landscape: map and air photo interpretation (New York: McGraw Hill, 1974) with Calvin L. Blair. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Honorary member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Cartographers and Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA), and Honorary Life Member of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). He died in Guelph, Ontario, on 4 March 2010.
Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of records documenting Gutsell's early career with the British military, his work as publisher and editor of Cartographica, his teaching at York University, and activities after his retirement from teaching. Fonds includes: a diary kept while visit Norway as a

Flight Lieutenant with the Royal Air Force to recover intelligence data and to prepare a reconnaissance of eastern Norway, which was issued in March 1946; the original typescript manuscript for An Introduction to the geography of Newfoundland, 1949; the administrative records of Cartographica, such as correspondence, promotional materials, financial documents and reports, and exchange agreements; Gutsell's teaching materials, job and office specifications for the York University Cartography Office; and records documenting Gutsell's involvement with the ICA and CCA.

S00315Cartographica general correspondence
S00316Teaching materials
S00317Cartographic Office
S00318Post-retirement activities
S00319Canadian Cartographer/Cartographica history
S00321Cartographica exchange agreements
S00322Cartographica financial materials
S00470Records of early career
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
No restrictions on access.
Finding Aid: File list available.
URL of Finding Aid:
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2005-044, 2010-048. No further accruals are expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Bernard V. Gutsell in 2005, and by his widow, Barbara Gutsell, in 2010.
Provenance Access Points:Gutsell, Bernard V.

Date of creation: 2005/11/21
Date of last revision: 2010/11/20
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