Of Maps and History

Submitted on Monday 16 September 2013
"Think about this: You wake up in New York City, decide to go for a stroll, head east after breakfast, and a short time later, still on foot, you find yourself in Morocco. Three hundred million years ago, you could have done that! There was no civilization back then, no cities, no countries, no people, but the land was there, so take a look at this map." Robert Krulwich, co-host of Radiolab http://www.radiolab.org/story/318155-most-delightful-map/
Submitted on Friday 13 September 2013
Cartography Corner
The Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Cartography Corner: K-12 Education Outreach Newsletter is available for download.
Submitted on Wednesday 31 July 2013
Plate 6 of the Richards Atlas of Portland and South Portland
Abraham Schechter at the Portland Public Library has done a nice work in getting a couple of often-used Portland atlases into a digital format. First, there's the Goodwin Atlas of 1882. Mr.
Submitted on Tuesday 30 July 2013
Max Roberts has designed what I thought was well-nigh impossible: a pretty map of the New York City subway system!
Submitted on Monday 22 July 2013
There is much more information about October's 18th series of Nebenzahl Lectures at the Newberry Library, Chicago. Entitled "The War of 1812 and American Cartography," the lectures will be held on 24-26th October, 2013. The mapping associated with the War of 1812 has not been well-studied, certainly not by the historiographic standards of the Seven Years' War (French and Indian War) and the American Revolution. But, as the lecture series will demonstrate, the war had a significant impact on the development of federal and commercial cartography in the early Republic.
Submitted on Thursday 30 May 2013
June 1 - August 24, 2013: Gallery & Cohen Center open from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Submitted on Monday 22 April 2013
Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula
OML’s Digital Imaging Center has just uploaded volume one of the exquisite, eleven-volume Atlas Major, sive cosmographia by Joan Blaeu, published 1662-65 (SM-1662-9.1). This volume covers the Arctic, Norway and Denmark [van der Krogt, 2:601.1, OML ref Z6028.K6 2000] Before long, all eleven volumes of this remarkable atlas will be viewable on this site.
Submitted on Friday 19 April 2013
The 1930s' model village of Bourton-on-the-Water is the occasion for some map geekery - it includes a model of itself ...
Submitted on Thursday 18 April 2013
In commemoration of the Civil War Trail throughout the state of Maine, the Osher Map Library has posted on its website all twelve issues of their Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War Star Series. This series was published in 1894 in celebration of the Civil War’s thirtieth anniversary, and gave a detailed account of the war.
Submitted on Thursday 18 April 2013
Today's Portland Daily Sun (18 April 2013) has a nice feature about OML's new exhibition, Torn in Two.