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Friday, May 22, 2009 - 8:15pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Friday, December 12, 2008 - 4:09pm Categories: Uncategorized

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...

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Monday, August 11, 2008 - 12:42pm Categories: Uncategorized

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

Monday, August 11, 2008 - 12:37pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

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