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Revolutionary War Era Maps from NYPL and AAS

September 30, 2014

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center has over 1,200 digital images of American Revolutionary War era maps, comprised of maps from our own collection as well as from other institutions such as the Library of Congress and Harvard. We recently added 122 maps from the New York Public Library and 137 maps from the American Antiquarian Society.

New York Public Library Collection

Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties

A plan of the operations of the British & Rebel army in the Campaign, 1777

A new and correct map of North America : in which the places of the principal engagements during the present war are accurately inserted

Ville de Manathe ou Nouvelle-Yorc

American Antiquarian Society Collection

A Correct plan of the environs of Quebec

The Seat of war, in New England

A map of the British empire, in North America

Plan of the town and harbour of St. Augustin, in East Florida

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August digitization

August 19, 2014

August uploads include maps from the general collection as well as some new acquisitions and items for our upcoming exhibition.

An original pen and brush sketch of Chatham, Mass. makes a unique addition to our collection of bird's-eye views. 19th century maps by schoolgirls, on loan from a private collection, will be on display in our Back to School exhibition.

Map of the world

Chatham, Mass.

New Hampshire by recent survey

The Daily Telegraph war map no. 9

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Map Project at the Snowden International School

August 11, 2014

This past April and May, 20 ninth-grade students from the Snowden International School, a Boston Public School in the Back Bay, worked with the Map Center as part of their AVID class (Advancement VIA Independent Determination).

Students initially learned how to navigate and create maps using Google Earth and were then given a task: using different sets of data, look at the services and amenities in your neighborhoods and think about what is already there and what could be better. Their ultimate task was to find the ideal location for a new fictional Tae Kwon do studio, music concert or community mural based on what they observed in their neighborhoods. Students then filled out a mock application to Mayor Walsh about establishing their business, concert or mural and how it would impact their neighborhood. Two examples of this work are included.

Rayza (East Boston)

What are the reasons you selected this location?

  1. It’s a park
  2. A lot of space to lay down and there’s shade in case it’s really sunny
  3. Convenient stores/bathrooms, etc.
  4. There’s a train station in the park so it is easy to go.

How will this concert be good for your neighborhood?

    The concert would be good for my neighborhood because people can get out and enjoy a day in the park while at a concert. And you might hear new bands you have never heard of.

Sevon (South End)

Why did you choose this location?

  1. It’s big so there’s lots of room to warm up
  2. It’s outside so we get fresh air
  3. The area didn’t cost much
  4. It’s in a friendly and safe neighborhood

How will your neighborhood benefit?

    Perhaps we can attract more people to our studio. Not many events take place in this neighborhood. Maybe we can liven it up so this place can become more popular.

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Boston Maps Project at Northeastern University

This semester, students in Northeastern University's history department used digitized maps from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in the Boston Maps Project, producing an interactive, layered series of historical maps with annotations that help to explore urban and social change across 250 years of Boston’s history.

Read more about the project:

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June digitizations

June 23, 2014

June uploads include a double-sided wheel chart showing facts about United States presidents and states, a library map of Vermont, maps showing the disposition of land in Canada and covers of puzzle and game boxes.

Our presidents and geographic chart of the United States

Library map of Vermont, 1914

Southern Alberta : map showing disposition of lands

Loto des 5 parties du monde : races humaines, productions, vegetales et animales

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Harvard Map Collection Revolutionary War era maps

May 23, 2014

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center's collection of American Revolutionary War era maps is one of the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of the Boston Public Library’s collections.

Digital images of maps in the Harvard Map Collection have been added to enhance this collection. This selection includes many battle plans and regional maps.

Baie de Chesapeak : plan de l'attaque des villes de Yorck et Gloucester...

Charles Town, South Carolina : with a chart of the bars & harbour

A plan of the attack made Nov.ber 27t. 1781 : by a detachment commanded by Brigadier-General Ross...

A N.b.E. view of the fort on the western end of Sulivans Island : with the disposition of His Majesty's fleet...

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May uploads

May 12, 2014

May uploads include manuscript panoramic views of the area around Boston after the battle of Bunker Hill, a map of the United States during the Civil War, a raised relief map of the Panama Canal, maps of the Mexico, maps of Canada and postal route maps.

[Dorchester Neck]

Lloyd's new map of the United States, the Canadas, and New Brunswick...

Battle of Cerro Gordo, April 17th & 18th 1847

Aeronautical view of the Panama Canal

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April additions

April 28, 2014

April digitizations include a pictorial map of Europe depicting political powers as fishermen; a map showing explorations in northern Canada; an 1870 map of Yosemite Valley; and a map showing Bell Company telephone lines.

Angling in Troubled Waters

Explorations in northern Canada and adjacent portions of Greenland and Alaska

Map of the Yosemite Valley

Map showing lines of the Bell telephone companies in the United States and Canada

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March digitizations

March 26, 2014

Over 160 maps have been digitized and added to the website. Interesting additions include a colorful German bird's-eye view of Boston, a map showing railroad properties in Chicago, a map showing exploration along the Platte River and a map showing U.S. national forests.

Ausicht von Boston
[mid-19th century]

Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad Co. map showing property of railroads in the business center of Chicago

Map to illustrate an exploration of the country lying between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains, on the line of the Nebraska or Platte River

National Forests
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