Digital Exhibits

  • 2016 Illustrated Mapmaking Contest

    The Challenge: Create an illustrated map of any place, real or imaginary. The Result: Almost 150 amazing maps by Maine 5th Graders! We're so proud of our contest's maps that we want to give you a chance to see all of the maps submitted....

  • 3D Globes at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

    OML’s Digital Imaging Center is engaged in an innovative project to three-dimensionally image the library’s rare globe collection, the second-largest of its kind in a U.S. public institution. Generous grants from the National Endowment for the Hu...

  • Mapping Westward Expansion

    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. Mapping Westward Expansion...

  • 20th century maps of the Soviet Union

    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-lingua...

  • Getting there was Half the Fun: Traveling aboard a Transatlantic Ocean Liner in the 1960s

    Postcard of Cunard Line's "Sylvania" (between 1957 and 1968). OML Morse Collection.During the first half of the twentieth century, ocean liners were the primary means of passenger travel across the Atlantic between North America and Northern Europe. ...

  • Civil War Monuments in Maine

    Thousands of monuments were created in every state and county throughout the Northern States to commemorate the Civil War, to serve as tangible reminders of the sacrifices made to secure the future of the Union. No less than 147 of these “Soldiers...

  • The “Percy Map”: Maps and Military Strategy during the Revolution

    The Cartographic Image of New England and Strategic Planning during the Revolutionary War Click on the map for a high-resolution image. Patriot's Day ~ 19 April 1998 The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education...

  • Maps of Route 66: How Road Maps Built an American Legend

    The United States is a land covered with roads, criss-crossing their way from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. Through the years, certain roads have come to hold special meaning due to the events that have taken place along them, t...

  • The Mitchell Map, 1755-1782: An Irony of Empire

    Click here for high-resolution map image Being the promotion and dissolution of British power in North America, charted upon the "red line" map, 1755-1898; as remarked on the occasion of Patriot's Day in the State of Maine and the Commonwealth of ...

  • The Basle 1494 Columbus Letter

    Christopher Columbus's letter announcing the success of his voyage to the "islands of the Indian sea" is one of the most remarkable documents ever published. It is a key document in the social and intellectual histories of both Europe and the Ame...