CaGIS evolved from the American Congress for Surveying and Mapping which was formed in 1941 and became an independent corporation in 2004. The following table provides a brief timeline of key events between these two dates. For a full history of CaGIS and its relationship to the International Cartographic Association, please see this 2017 report from the ICA News.
|The American Congress for Surveying and Mapping formed.
|Cartography Division formed as part of ACSM.
|ICA created, with ACSM as the official U.S. representative.
|The American Cartographer begins publication in April as a semiannual journal.
|First International Symposium on Computer-Assisted Cartography (soon to become AUTOCARTO) held in Reston, Virginia.
|n9th International Cartographic Conference held in College Park, MD, the first ICA meeting ever in the U.S.
|The Cartography Division gives its first “Award for Meritorious Service to the Discipline of Cartography” to Arthur Robinson. It is uncertain whether there was ever a second award.
|ACSM is reorganized, with the American Cartographic Association (ACA) as an official member organization.
|The American Cartographer begins quarterly publication.
|The American Cartographer renamed Cartography and Geographic Information Systems.
|We change our name to the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, along with a strategic plan that is more inclusive of GIS as a whole.
|Journal renamed Cartography and Geographic Information Science.
|ACSM reorganized as a federation, CaGIS becomes an independent corporation.