The Osher Map Library has in its possession an impressive assortment of atlases, maps, and related materials from just prior to the formation of the Soviet Union to its downfall. The majority of the materials are in Russian, but some are multi-lingual. They provide a unique historical and geographical recording of the Soviet Union and insight into its transformations throughout the twentieth century.
Since 1865, Mainers have erected nearly 150 monuments commemorating the Civil War, its soldiers, and the Union. This web exhibition features a few of Maine's more prominent monuments and compares and contrasts monument styles and locations. The images in this exhibition are courtesy of Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the text was prepared by Lucinda Coombs, a graduate student in USM's American and New England Studies.
Judith McCarthy Robbins' journal and collected ephemera from her tourist-class voyage in 1965 aboard the Cunard Line’s Sylvania, to and from New York to Liverpool, are used to explore the character of ocean-liner travel after the introduction of transatlantic air services. In particular, her journal reflects the feelings of dislocation and isolation commonly experienced by travelers as they crossed the ocean between the continents. Prepared by Matthew O. Carter (BA in History and Classics, University of Southern Maine, 2014).
Lemuel Moody was born to a prominent Portland family in 1767. His father, Enoch, was a housewright and merchant, who encouraged his sons’ interest in the seafaring life. When Moody was 9, his brother, William, perished during the disastrous Penobscot Expedition of the American Revolution. But Moody was undeterred, and set off to start his own life at sea.
This web exhibit explores the events of the United States' westward expansion, including encroachment on Native American lands, major land purchases, and mass migrations such as the Oregon Trail and California Gold Rush.
The mapping of Route 66 reveals the road's status as a symbol for the freedom of the open road, the magic of auto travel, and the potential that lies in the American West. This online exhibition was prepared by Lucinda Hannington as part of her work for the MA in American and New England Studies, USM.
This history of the printed maps of Portland, Maine, from the early nineteenth century to the great fire of July 4th, 1866, is a history of how Portland was construed as a distinctive urban place, as a moral center of commerce, as a victim of perfidy, and as a site of remarkable and repeated rebirth and growth. In many respects, the story this special exhibition tells is unique: as with any other city, the mapping of Portland has shared in and indeed has helped to create the city’s exceptional character. In other ways, the story is rather generic: the kinds of pressures to map the city were felt in many other cities in the antebellum U.S. This combination of the individual with the general permits us to see, in some detail, how mapping practices can create and cement a sense of community.
An examination of the Jefferys-Green "Map of the most Inhabited Part of New England" (1755), its origins in William Douglass' unfinished "Plan," and its use for strategic planning by Hugh, Earl Percy, British general in Boston at the start of the Revolution.
An analysis of one of the most remarkable documents ever published: Christopher Columbus's letter announcing the success of his first voyage to the "islands of the Indian sea"; the 1494 Basel edition also includes the first printed map of the New World.
A study of the promotion and dissolution of British power in North America, charted upon OML's copy of a "red line" map, 1755-1898.