Digital Exhibits

  • Traditional Japanese Cartography of the Edo Period

    Maps from this period are marked by strong social hierarchies, Buddhist narratives, and traditional Japanese landscapes; a reminder that for almost three centuries, the purity of Japanese cartography and art was well preserved.

  • How the Barbarians Became Noble Savages: The Changing Image of Native Americans in European Cartography

    Although the title of this exhibition suggests that the European image of Native Americans changed only once from barbarians to noble savages, in reality it was not so simple. The first depictions of indigenous Americans were barbaric. 

  • 2017 Mapmaking Contest

  • Life, Liberty and the Representation of Space: Maps of the American Revolution

    The Osher Map Library’s collection of maps from and of the American Revolution may be divided into five major categories, based on who made them and what they were made for.

  • 2016 Illustrated Mapmaking Contest

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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

    This virtual exhibition explores the experience and observations of then 21-year-old Judith McCarthy Robbins who, drawn by the romance of the ocean liner, chose to travel tourist class aboard the Cunard Line’s Sylvania to and from New York to Liverpool.

  • 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’ Monuments” were publicly erected in Maine between 1864 and 2003.