W.E. Upjohn


In 2015, the center has extended its mission to provide GIScience training and research applications.

Mary Upjohn Meader and Edwin E. Meader sponsored the Center with a generous gift in October 2005. The center is a testament to their interest as geographers—both Ed and Mary were pioneers in the field of modern geography. Examples of Mary's aerial photography are on display in the exhibit area of the center.

The center honors Mary's grandfather, Dr. W.E. Upjohn, visionary founder of the Upjohn Company.



Mary Signing the Explorers Globe

Mary(c) Signing the American Geographic Society Explorers Globe with Mary Lynn Byrd (r), Executive Director of the AGS, and Ed, Nov. 21, 2006


Our donors enthusiastically supported our mission of protecting and preserving two-dimensional pre-digital geographical materials—maps, charts, atlases and airphotos.

Uncounted collections of these types of materials exist, owned by private collectors or curated in museums, libraries and governmental institutions. But many of these treasures are deteriorating or being lost. It is the center's primary goal to assist in preserving these historical objects, enabling universal access to their precise digital facsimiles at the highest resolution attainable.


W. E. Upjohn Center
1100 Welborn Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5388 USA
(269) 387-3364 | (269) 387-3582 Fax