This map depicts a very accurate rendering of the Great Lakes for its time. Illustrations sprinkled throughout the map show Native Americans engaged in various activities including drying fish and being eaten by an alligator. Explorer reports from the Gulf of Mexico must have been consulted and mixed in with more northerly reports as we see depictions of palm trees and alligators dotted throughout the Great Lakes and into Canada.
The region, and the map, is called ‘La Louisiana’ to strengthen the claims of King Louis the 14th of France.
Vincenzo Coronelli was an Italian...Continue reading "Here There be 'Gators!"...
Been on a plane lately?
Last month, Mintel Academic released it's 2018 - Airlines in the US Report.
According to Mintel, "The surging price of [airline] fuel is impacting profit margins and encouraging airlines to raise fares."
Although there are currently over 5000 airlines with ICAO codes, there are just four domestic airlines which control roughly 72% of the U.S. market for air travel. American Airlines, now the world's largest airline, says that its fuel is "about 25% more expensive compared with the prior year, an increase that has added $412 million to its costs...Continue reading "New Mintel Reports"...
In 1860, one-quarter of the foreign-born population in Michigan was from Germany. These two maps of Michigan appeared in two popular German-made atlases, made when many western Europeans were immigrating to the United States.
‘Nordlicher Theil’ shows us the entire journey immigrants could take from New York, up the Hudson River, along the newly-built Erie Canal and through the Great Lakes to Michigan.
Thirty years later, the atlas containing Neueste Karte was referred to as “Rolls Royce” of nineteenth century atlases. However we can see that the geography of Michigan is...Continue reading "German Michigan"...
Note: The following maps will be on display in the MSU Map Library the week of September 10, 2018. They were both generous gifts of Ron Dietz.
The French were enjoying the pinnacle of their influence in the Great Lakes when this map was published. It illustrated Charlevoix’ history and travel journal which saw wide distribution and many printings. Mapmaker Nicholas Bellin’s work was highly regarded and so this map helped shape many people’s perceptions of the region. In many ways it was a great improvement in Great Lakes mapping.
Michiganders, however, can’t fail...Continue reading "On Display This Week: The Birth of a Myth"...
The emergence and rise of the internet and adaptive technologies have dramatically changed the environment in which businesses and consumers coexist. This year’s undergraduate initiatives at the Broad College will largely revolve around supporting initiatives which prepare students for the new digital economy.
“By 2020, the number of devices connected to the internet could surpass 50 billion. That’s seven devices for every human."– Bertelsmann Foundation
“In 2015, worldwide 12 zetabytes of data was created globally. The number is forecast to reach 163 zetabytes in 2025.”–...Continue reading "The New Digital Economy"...
Joan Blaeu, like his father before him, was the official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. This affiliation brought his mapmaking firm advantageous intelligence on the far eastern lands due to the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade.
Atlas Maior was the culmination of more than 60 years of work. The House of Blaeu published several atlases since the founding of the firm in 1596, including Het Licht der Zeevaert, Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
When this atlas was released in 1665 in multiple volumes, it was the most expensive published...Continue reading "“The most magnificent work of its kind ever produced” --Sotheby’s"...
Cliff Haka joined MSU Libraries in 1982 as an Information Librarian and later became the Head of the Information/Reference Department from 1985-1987. He went on to become the Assistant Director for Access Services from 1987-1991 and then the Assistant Director for Administrative Services from 1991-1997 before taking on the role as Director of Libraries in 1997.
Taking charge at a time when all campus dorms were being wired for the Internet, the Libraries were experiencing a sharp falloff in use. To counter this, Haka committed to an aggressive program to encourage students...Continue reading "Cliff Haka Retires After 21 Years as Director of Libraries"...
Bob and his crew are actively moving the MSU map collection to the 2nd floor of the East Wing. We anticipate the move completing in mid-August in time for Fall 2018 semester. We plan to stay open during the move, just let us know what you want to find and we will track it down!
For as long as Sarah Palermo can remember, she has always been drawn to music. She started piano lessons when she was five-years-old with the support of her parents who both have an appreciation for music.
In middle school and high school, Palermo started writing and recording songs on her family computer. She credits her high school choir director for encouraging her to do arrangements which expanded her vocal and lyrical abilities.
In 2015, she graduated from Westminster Choir College with a degree in music theory and composition before attending MSU a year later to pursue...Continue reading "Inspiration in Unlikely Places: Making Music in Hollander MakeCentral"...
#1 In The Name of Gucci: A Memoir by Patricia Gucci
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Picked by: Andrea
This memoir by Patricia Gucci goes behind the scenes of the Gucci family and their Italian fashion empire—the love affairs, the glitz, the glam, and the madness. Patricia shares the story of her father, the late Aldo Gucci, and his secret mistress, Bruna (Patricia’s mother). Aldo didn't marry Bruna because he feared it would have jeopardized the Gucci name. Explore this story of love and the rags-to-riches tale of how Gucci...