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Kathleen Weessies Monday, March 18, 2019 - 8:40am Categories: Collections
Penciled in proposed route for Van Ness Street in San Francisco

This custom-bound book was owned and used by longtime San Francisco real estate agent Harry Cecil Jenkins.  It marks out every real estate parcel in the Mission District and nearby Horner’s Addition, a combined area that runs south of famous Market Street about a mile southwest of downtown.  The...

Amanda Tickner Friday, January 4, 2019 - 1:01pm Categories: Events

MSU Libraries is offering several workshops in spring on GI

Kathleen Weessies Friday, December 28, 2018 - 8:23am Categories: Collections

Kathleen Weessies Monday, October 29, 2018 - 8:22am Categories: Collections
de Vaugondi, Etat Unis, 1785

This French-made map from 1785 was the first to bear forms of the word “Michigan” applied to a land area.  It was also one of the first to recognize the fledgling country by its chosen name, United States, here in the French, Etats-Unis.

Kathleen Weessies Monday, October 22, 2018 - 8:59am Categories: Collections
Carte Nouvelle de l'Amerique Angloise Contenant

This map depicts Michigan oddly with no thumb and with a range of mountains extending down to Florida.  It carefully marks waterway portages that link the Great Lakes with the Mississippi river system and points out several mines including one of copper at present day Chicago.

Kathleen Weessies Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 2:06pm Categories: Collections
Mortier map 1700

From 1622 to the middle 1700s European mapmakers were drawing California as an island separate from North America.  In 1701 Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino walked around Baja California and proved that California was not an island.

Kathleen Weessies Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:09pm Categories: Collections

Michigan was swarming with settlers in the 1850s.  As the rural population rose, counties were organized, split, and reshaped at a fast pace.  Settlers were eager to buy maps that reflected the newest information and relied on mapmakers to pay attention to such developments.  

Kathleen Weessies Monday, September 24, 2018 - 9:05am Categories:
Alligator in Canada by Coronelli, 1695

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.

Kathleen Weessies Monday, September 17, 2018 - 8:36am Categories: Collections

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.  

Kathleen Weessies Monday, September 10, 2018 - 8:55am Categories: Collections
The Birth of a Myth 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.

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