About the CCA:
To provide an organization focusing
on the 18th century colonial surveying instruments that
facilitates discussion, collection of historical data,
and the dissemination of information to its members.
We have a yearly convention
where members can attend seminars, visit museums, and
have the opportunity for an open forum discussion on
the finer details of this field. Sign up here.
2013 Meeting Photos:
This year's Compass Collectors Association meeting was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. >> Click here for a full-screen slideshow<<
2012 Meeting Photos:
This year's Compass Collectors Association meeting was held in conjunction with the Transit of Venus. >> Click here for a full-screen slideshow<<
Steve Turner from the Smithsonian will give a presentation on wooden surveying instruments.
Richard Kremer of Dartmouth will present a preview of his paper, "Selling Surveying Instruments in America Before the Printed Trade Catalog."
Member Paul Temple will speak about verniers, transversals, and their use in early instruments.
Member W. Scott Smith will outline the formation of Washington's mapmaking staff department, how they conducted their operations, and what instruments they used for strategic and tactical level intelligence during the American Revolution.
Jeffrey Lock will lead a session using examples from the collections of both the American Philosophical Society and the Atwater Kent Museum, focusing on the geographical and national examples of the instrument maker’s art. We will examine seldom-seen instruments from some of the premier makers of both England and the American colonies.
2008 Meeting Photos:
The inagural Compass Collectors Association meeting was held in Philadelphia on April 12th at the American Philosophical Society. Click here for all the photos.
2008 Meeting Topics:
Demonstration on dividing a compass needle ring where the use of a dividing plate will be part of the presentation.
Presentation by Steven Turner of the Smithsonian on “Early Instruments in the Museum’s Collection.”
Presentation on “The Art of Colonial Surveying Instruments.”
Demonstration by Dale Loberger focusing on period techniques, instruments, and attire to graphically illustrate the environment and procedures in which these instruments were used.
Instrument Evaluation Session where members are encouraged to bring instruments from their collections.
Swap Meet, including compasses, books, and other items relating to the early surveying trade.
Click here for all the info on the inagural meeting
------------------------------------------------------------ This association is open to historians,
museum curators, collectors, and students; its aim
is to provide a working environment where information
can be searched out and shared within the group of