Digital Exhibits

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

    Route 66 existed as an officially commissioned road for less than 60 years–from 1926 to 1985–but in that time it became a symbol for the freedom of the open road, the magic of auto travel, and the potential that lies in the American West.

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

    The Mitchell Map has been described, and rightly so, as the most important map in North American history. The most comprehensive map of North America produced during the Colonial Era, it represented the various territorial claims made not only by the competing British and French empires but also by the various British colonies.

  • 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.