This website is structured according to OML’s goals in advancing its mission. On the main menu bar, above:
Library activities (research): find early maps preserved by OML and view them online, describe the collections, and how to use them on-site at OML.
Library activities (outreach): presentation and interpretation of early maps through online exhibitions that explore thematic groupings of maps, special exhibits that study maps in great detail, and brief commentaries on individual maps.
Instructional activities: on-site, off-site, and online instruction in early maps—addressing a variety of themes in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences—for both the K-12 and college/university communities. For the K-12 community, OML offers online lesson plans as well as on-site instruction. For the college community, and in particular the University of Southern Maine, OML offers full courses and individual guest classes.
Public outreach: news about OML’s activities, including public lectures and tours, and about the field of map history generally.
How to support OML’s activities, whether by joining the Friends of the Osher Map Library or by donating to its collections.
Information about both OML’s operations in support of all of the above programs and the field of Map History generally.
This website was designed and its implementation overseen by Matthew Edney, with the help of OML staff led by then curator, Yolanda Theunissen:
The financial support of the Friends of the Osher Map Library and USM Libraries is gratefully acknowledged.