Map Library Blog
Exhibit on 4 West, Main Library
Now through Summer 2010
This exhibit displays sixteen original antique maps from the MSU Map Library collection. They show the evolution of British, French, Italian, and US understanding of midwest geography and shows the development of forts, villages, counties, and roads.
A list of maps in the exhibit with links to further information is available at the Guide to the Exhibit linked above.
The MSU Map Library recently received a 1959 plat map of the Idlewild resort in Yates Township, Lake County, Michigan. The map delineates the boundaries and numbers for each of the thousands of lots. No other libraries are known to own a full plat map of the resort area, and the subdivision maps available online through the State of Michigan website are known to be incomplete.
The exact title of the map is the inharmonious "Tax map of Sec's 5-6-7 & 8 T. 17 N. R. 12 W. Yates Twp., Lake Co., Mich" compiled by George Blass. The map is a good example of a limited production...Continue reading "1959 Idlewild Plat Map"...
After an 18-month visit to the Etherington Conservation Lab, our 1849 map of the United States and Mexico is back and up for viewing.
A library exhibit "The California Gold Rush" depicts numerous resources available through MSU libraries that document the Gold Rush and participation by Michigan residents. From the September 1848 New York Herald article to recent scholarly books, many library resources are now purchased and delivered to library users over the Internet. MSU Libraries also owns numerous published diaries and biographies of western travellers in book format, as journal...Continue reading "1849 map on display in Main Library through October"...
The MSU Map Library received a gift of 27 maps of Michigan and the Great Lakes dating from 1757 to 1862. Mike DeGrow built this collection over many years, with the goal of illustrating the political development of the state. Several of the rarest maps in the group illustrate the area contested in the border war with Ohio. Several others depict the changing relationship Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula had with Michigan.
In September the MSU Map Library acquired Africa : corrected from observations of Mess. of ye Royal Societies at London and Paris published by Charles Price and John Senex in London in 1711.
Price and Senex were both prominent engravers and publishers of maps atlases and globes. This map extends Herman Moll's use of textual information, a clear break from the earlier practice of filling in blank spots with fanciful monsters and legends.
The beautiful vibrantly colored cartouche in the lower left corner features a woman wearing beads and earrings sitting with Africa's...Continue reading "Africa, 1711 by Price and Senex"...
This summer we've been processing a large gift of maps from Professor Emeritus John Hunter. These maps are primarily of Ghana and Sierra Leone, and include both detailed topographic maps and thematic maps illustrating disease eradication projects.
For a list of other recent acquisitions (those that have records in the library catalog), see http://magic.msu.edu/search/X?SEARCH=su%3Amaps&searchscope=17&l=&m=&Da=&Db=&SORT=D
We've had some major additions to the Map Library collection in the last few months. In March we added about 5,000 detailed topographic maps of the world, including Mexico (1:50,000), Canada (1:50,000), Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Colombia. The maps came with 26 map cabinets, which raised our cabinets to new heights! All maps may be retrieved safely and comfortably with our two rolling ladders.