The Working Group on the History of ICA seeks to engage international community of cartographers affiliated with ICA to build the Association’s archives and record its history. It is looking forward to collaborate with the ICA Committees, Commissions and Working Groups, current and former, to assist in documenting their activities, as well as in providing support and expertise relating to their lineage and history. The Working Group is determined to pursue active research concerning people, events and accomplishments that shaped the ICA, and develop authoritative chronicle of the Association. Through its work, the Working Group hopes to promote the ICA at international stage and contribute to the Association’s identity building.

The Terms of Reference for 2019-2023 term focus on three broad areas:

ICA Archives

  • to identify, assess, organise, digitise and preserve ICA records and documents held at various locations around the world
  • to recommend strategies for discoverability, accessibility and storage of ICA archives
  • to recommend management solutions concerning ICA records
  • to actively search for new documents relevant to ICA history
  • to record, document and preserve oral history concerned with ICA

ICA Chronicle

  • to research and document the history of ICA
  • to develop foundations for the knowledge base concerning ICA
  • to publish results of the work undertaken (ICA News, journal articles, etc)


  • to provide support and expertise to ICA community (Committees, Commissions, ICA members) relating to Association’s history and heritage
  • to answer general enquiries concerning ICA and its history
  • to recommend strategies for sustaining institutional knowledge into the future