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Five early maps of California, 1604-1767
June 17, 2013 - 3:16:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Carte de la Californie. Published in Robert de Vaugondy’s Supplement 5 to Denis Diderot’s Dictionnaire rasonné des sciences. Published in Paris in 1772.

This map shows us that our fascination with depictions of California as an island is nothing new. This 1772 map compares five maps of California that had been drawn between 1604 through 1767. During this time span California went from being a peninsula to an island, and back to a peninsula again.


The Spanish were the primary European explorers in the area. Traveling up the west coast of America from the south, the Baja...

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New Database on Imports/Exports - Datamyne
June 10, 2013 - 8:02:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Datamyne provides import-export trade data for the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia. Use it for suppliers, supply chains, historical information, and more. South American historical content starts in 1996 and the remaining countries start in 2004. You can find it and other Business Library electronic resources here: http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/busdatabases.



On Display This Week: Dakota Territory, 1882
June 03, 2013 - 3:40:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Territory of Dakota. Made by Charles Roeser. Published in Washington, DC by the United States General Land Office in 1882.

This map depicts the status of land division and disposition of Datoka Territory, under the United States General Land Office. At this time Dakota Territory comprised modern day North Dakota and South Dakota.


In the prior decade gold had been discovered inside the Great Sioux Reservation, which had led to the war between the United States and the Native Americans living in the region. This map shows the Great Sioux Reservation with its revised boundary...

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This is the last week to drop off food for our food drive competition with the University of...
May 28, 2013 - 4:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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The last day to get food or personal items in is Friday, May 31. The donations will go to the MSU Food Bank to help others.


More information: http://www.lib.msu.edu/features/?e=329. Go Green!



On Display This Week: Senegal-Gambia, circa 1666
May 20, 2013 - 4:00:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Genehoa, Jaloffi, et Sierraliones Regna. By Johannes Janssonius. Likely published in Atlas Contractus by Janssonius Heirs in Amsterdam in 1666.

This map is an early one to show the west coast of Africa in such detail. The Atlantic Slave Trade had been increasing for the past 150 years and was going to continue to increase for another 200. Portuguese influence can be seen by “Rio Portugues” dividing Mauritania (Genehoa) from Senegal. Goree Island, an early site of European activity, is noted. The cartouche shows light skinned people displaying products of bounty including fruit and...

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On Display This Week: The Panama Canal
May 13, 2013 - 8:04:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Panama Canal, Present Future, Topographic, Diagramatic and Illustrative: As Canal Will Look When Completed. By Edwin J. Beverstock and George Davidson. Published in Washington, D.C. by mapmaker Edwin J. Beverstock in 1903.

The Panama Canal is a good example of a project that seems like it will be much easier than it is. Anyone looking at a map of Central America can’t help but notice how skinny that isthmus is, and how nicely it would cut down travel if only we could cut a canal through there.


For 12 years the World watched as the French fiddled around trying to build a canal....

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On Display This Week: The Curvature of the Earth
May 06, 2013 - 2:31:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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The First Photograph Ever Made Showing the Division between the Troposphere and the Stratosphere and Also the Actual Curvature of the Earth. By A. W. Stevens and Orvil A. Anderson. Published in the May 1936 issue of National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C. by National Geographic Society.

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One Hundred Proofs That the Earth Is Not a Globe. By William Carpenter and originally published in Baltimore in 1885. Republished in Zion, Illinois by Wilbur Glenn Voliva in 1929.

Certainly by 1936 practically everyone understood that the Earth is a sphere (or, more...

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Drop off your non-perishable food before you leave!
April 30, 2013 - 2:20:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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We need to beat the University of Michigan in our Food Drive! So don't lug that unused non-perishable food and personal items home. Drop them off at the library. They will go to the MSU Food Bank to help others.


More information: http://www.lib.msu.edu/features/?e=329. Go Green!



On Display This Week: Africa Mid-Century
April 29, 2013 - 1:55:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Africa. Map 49 in A General Atlas Of The World, With A Separate Map Of Each Of The United States Of America. By S.G. Goodrich and T.G. Bradford. Published in Boston by C.D. Strong in 1841.

This map shows the extent of European knowledge of African geography in 1841. Names of regions and places are almost entirely along the coasts, leaving the interior blank. One exception is some fairly good understanding of the oases and settlements across the Sahara. This map lacks busy details to fill unknown areas. Map-makers were by now content to leave areas of insufficient or conflicting reports...

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On Display This Week: Copyright, what Copyright?
April 15, 2013 - 1:03:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Michigan Territory. Drawn by James Finlayson. Appeared as map 36 in A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies ... To The Year 1822. Published in Philadelphia by Carey & Lea in 1822.

Territoire de Michigan. Drawn by by B. Beaupré. Appeared as map 40 in Atlas Geographique, Statistique, Historique et Chronologique des deux Ameriques et des Iles Adjacentes. Published by Jean Alexandre Buchon and J. Carez in Paris in 1825.

The 1822 “Michigan Territory” map is the first separate...

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