Saturday, November 18, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: Brown University cataloguing rare maps

ACROSS MY DESK: Brown University cataloguing rare maps

My Google Alert for the word 'genealogy' (without quote marks) notified me of an interesting Brown University map project:

Brown University cataloguing its repository of rare maps
By Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer November 18, 2006

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As prospectors poured west in the 1840s to find riches during the California gold rush, they turned to a valuable map that depicted the gold fields in yellow and the best routes to get there in blue.

In another continent more than 75 years later, a tourism map replete with swastikas was used in Nazi Germany to promote the country as an alluring destination.

Both maps belong to a Brown University collection of more than 1,000 rare maps that librarians are in the process of cataloging online in an effort to move into the digital age.


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