Skip to main content

Ian Mumford (1925-2015), 1660 - 2015

Reference Code: GBR/3296/Maps/CCSA.IM

Scope and Contents

This archive holds a large part of Ian Mumford’s working library including maps, official papers and documents concerned with Ordnance Survey and Military Survey matters, much of it original or photocopies of otherwise rarely accessible source material, such as the volumes containing Southampton Circulars.


  • Creation: 1660 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The Charles Close Society Archives is available for consultation by researchers in the Map Room at Cambridge University Library. Appointments for access should be made in advance by contacting the Head of the Map Department, Anne Taylor ( Further contact details and Map Room opening hours can be found at Anyone wishing to use the collection must first acquire a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket, see Members of the Charles Close Society wishing to consult the Charles Close Society Archives will not be charged for a ticket on production of their current CCS membership card and providing that they have first contacted Anne Taylor who will support their application.

Biographical / Historical

Following military service in Burma and India, and a degree course at London School of Economics (supporting himself for a year working in the Map Room in the Royal Geographical Society), Ian Mumford was recruited by the War Office in 1952 as a Map Research Officer in the Directorate of Military Survey Map Library at Tolworth. His forty years’ service culminated in four years as British Liaison Officer (Survey) at the Defense Mapping Agency in Washington D.C. After retirement in 1985 Ian was re-employed as Record Reviewer of Military Survey maps and documents.
Ian was founding Honorary Secretary, and later President and Medalist, of the British Cartographic Society, sitting as their representative on many consultative committees. He was a founder member, and now an Honorary Member, of the Charles Close Society. His written work includes contributions to the later nineteenth century chapters in W A Seymour (ed), A history of the Ordnance Survey, Folkestone: Dawson, 1980, and a Ph.D thesis at Reading in 1999 which reflected his lifelong interest in maps as artefacts.


1 collection : Paper

Language of Materials



Mumford, Ian, 1925-2015

Finding aid date

2011-03-18 15:39:49+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom