How to Save a Map
About the Collection
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is an independent, nonprofit institution. It is the steward of the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Boston Public Library collection and uses these cartographic treasures to provide engaging educational programs for K-12 students, teachers and for general audiences.
Hundreds of our maps and atlases are torn and stained and need to be restored to their former glory. Once stabilized, these treasures can be digitized for website viewing, exhibited, studied and enjoyed. Just as our maps have provided guidance for explorers, pioneers and travelers for hundreds of years, you can help chart the course for future generations.
Irreplaceable gems needing conservation include 17th- and 18th-century atlases, 19th-century world maps, and maps from the American Revolutionary War Era.
You can help save these historically significant maps. Donate to Save A Map or make a gift in memory/in honor of a special person.
General Conservation Support:
- General conservation donations will be directed to the area of greatest need.
Save a specific item:
- Identify a favorite item and save it in its entirety to have your name listed with the digital image on our website.
- Save an atlas in its entirety and your name will be permanently acknowledged on a special nameplate on the custom made box created to store the atlas as well as being listed with the digital image on our website.
Save a Specific Item over $4,000:
- Once conserved, the item will be displayed in the Leventhal Map Center gallery for a specified period of time acknowledging your support.
Mail checks to:
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc.
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Give online at: http://maps.bpl.org/donate. On the gift screen in the Designation field, select Conservation Fund from the drop down menu
For more information please contact:
617-859-2138 or firstname.lastname@example.org