Fonds S750 - Ward Kaiser fonds

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Ward Kaiser fonds

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  • 1966-2016 (Creation)
    Kaiser, Ward

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73 cm of textual records
12 maps
68 photographs : col. slides, 35 mm
3 audio cassette tapes
4 objects
3 optical discs
4 videocassettes
1 video recording

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Ward Kaiser (1923 - ) is a publisher, author, pastor and activist.

Kaiser graduated from Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) in Waterloo, Ontario in 1945, and from Union Theological Seminary in New York. His graduate studies include education, history, business administration and cultural anthropology at Rutgers and Columbia Universities.

As a publisher, Kaiser introduced the Peters Projection World Map to North America, bringing out the first English language version in 1983.
In 1968 Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University) named him Alumnus of the Year "for contributions to education, to Canada, and to the church." Kaiser has been honoured by the New Jersey Institute of Technology for published work in cartography and technical translation, and is an Honorary Life Member of the National Association of Ecumenical and Interfaith Staff.

Kaiser is the author or contributor to a dozen publications, including Canada: a study/action manual (1966); Seeing through maps: the power of images to shape our world view (2001); Seeing through maps: the power of images to shape our world view (2006); Seeing through maps: many ways to see the world (2006); A new view of the world: a handbook to the world map, Peters projection (1987); How maps change things: a conversation about the maps we choose and the world we want (2013).

The World Council of Churches named him field staff for its study of Racism, Ethnocentrism, and Sexism in Church Curricula. While on the staff of the National Council of Churches, a Protestant and Orthodox body serving both Canadian and U.S. churches, the program for which he was responsible received official endorsement from the Roman Catholic Church: an ecumenical first.

In retirement Kaiser continues his passion for clarifying meaning in maps, through writing, speaking and seminars.

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The fonds contains correspondence, notes, publications, maps and other material created and accumulated by Ward Kaiser, including material related to the work and life of Arno Peters.

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The following items were transferred to Special Collections:

Behrendt, Hans Rudolph, Thoams Burch, and Martin Weinmann. Der digitale Peters . Wiesbaden, Germany: Büro W, 2010.

Fischer, Fritz. Der letzte polyhistor : Leben und werk von Arno Peters. Vaduz, Liechtenstein: Akademische Verlagsanstalt, 1996.

Hammond World Atlas Corporation. Hammond compact Peters world atlas : the earth in true proportion. Union, NJ: Hammond World Atlas Corporation, 2002.

Kaiser, Ward L. A new view of the world : a handbook to the world map, Peters projection. Amherst: MA: Friendship Press, 1987.

Kaiser, Ward L. A new view of the world : a handbook to the world map, Peters projection. Amherst, MA: ODT, Inc., 2005.

Kaiser, Ward L., Denis Wood. Seeing through maps : the power of images to shape our world view. Amherst, MA: ODT, Inc., 2001.

Nanni, Antonio, and Alessio Surian. La geografia si puo’ rinnovare : introduzione pedagogico-didattica alla Proiezione Peters. Roma, Italy: Asal, 1995.

Peters, Arno. Atlas compact de Peters : le monde comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu. Paris : Larousse, 1992.

Peters, Arno. Atlas del Mundo. Barcelona, Spain : Vicens-Vives, 1991.

Peters, Arno. Atlas compacto : por primera vez el mundo en sus verderas proporciones . Barcelona, Spain: Vicens Vives, 1992.

Peters, Arno. Peters atlas of the world. Harlow, United Kingdom : Longman Group UK Limited, 1990.

Peters, Arno. The Europe- centred character of our geographical view of the world and its correction. München-Solln, Germany: Universum-Verlag, 1979.

Peters, A. La nueva cartografía. Translated by Paloma Fernández de la Hoz. Barcelona, Spain: Vicens Vives, 2002.

Peters, Arno. The new cartography. English version by Ward Kaiser, D.G. Smith, and Heinz Wohlers. New York, NY: Friendship Press, Inc., 1983.

Peters, Arno. La Nuova cartografia. Translated by Frederica Carpani. Roma: ASAL, 1988.

Peters, Arno. Space and time : their equal representation as an essential basis for a scientific view of the world. Translated by Ward L. Kaiser and H. Wohlers. New York, NY: Friendship Press, 1985.

Peters, Arno. Il principio d’equivalenza come fondamento dell’economia globale. Palermo, Italy: Istituto Gramsci Siciliano, 1995.

Peters, Arno. Was ist und wie verwirklicht sich : computer-sozialismus. Berlin, Germany: Verlag Neues Leben, 2000.

Peters world atlas : the earth in its true proportions . Potsdam, Germany: H.F. Ullmann, 2010.

Peters atlas : alle länder und kontinente in ihrer wirklichen grösse. Zürich, Germany: Schweizerisches Komitee für Unicef, 1989.

Wood, Denis, Ward L. Kaiser and Bob Abramms. Seeing through maps : many ways to see the world (2nd ed.). Amherst, MA: ODT, Inc., 2006.

Meier, Gerald M. and Dudley Sees, eds. I poinieri dello sviluppo</em>. Roma, Italy: Asal, 1988.

Simons, George F., Bob Abramms, L. Ann Hopkins, and Diane J. Johnson, editors. Cultural diversity fieldbook : fresh visions and breakthrough strategies for revitalizing the workplace. Princeton, New Jersey: Peterson’s/Pacesetter Books, 1996.

Tarozzi, Alberto, editor. Le ong per lo sviluppo. Roma, Italy: Asal, 1986.

Peters atlas del mondo / cartography, Kümmerly + Frey, Berna ; Oxford Cartographers

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