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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:36pm Categories: Uncategorized

The United State Geological Survey has released 2011 editions of the new "US Topo", the new generation of digital topographic maps. In October 2009, the USGS began to load US Topo maps to the USGS Store distribution point where the maps are available for free download. We have been waiting for the approximately 1,500 Michigan sheets to be released which just happened recently.

Search or zoom to your place of interest. Place a red marker on a location of interest, then click on the red marker to see a list of available maps. In addition to the new 2011 maps, you will also see...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 2:52pm Categories: Uncategorized

MSU affiliated library users now have access to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Geo Edition FOR MICHIGAN. About a year ago we purchased 12 metropolitan areas, this new purchase is of 339 places in Michigan. MSU Map Library fans might remember that we've long had the browsable Sanborn maps. The advantage here is the geo functionality which makes most map sheets address-searchable. Map sheets also can be viewed on top of a modern Google maps image so you can see the differences. Map sheets can export as jpg or GeoTIFF. Note that not all map sheets are geo-referenced. Some map sheets can...

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Friday, October 21, 2011 - 1:31pm Categories: Uncategorized

MSU Libraries subscribes to the new Simplymap 2.0 interface which includes a wizard for making easy choropleth maps on thousands of variables. Simplymap is especially strong in population, demographics, and consumer behavior data. May be exported as GIS .shp files or as data tables. http://er.lib.msu.edu/item.cfm?item=050076 #simplymap #msulibraries

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:21pm Categories: Uncategorized

The Map Library recently acquired a gently used HP DesignJet 4500 Scanner. This roll-type scanner accepts sheets up to 42" wide (106 cm). Scan up to 508 pixels per inch, and save as JPG, TIF, or PDF onto your USB flash drive or writable CD. Only $1 per scan.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 8:14pm Categories: Uncategorized

Collectors of Clason state road maps issued between 1923 and 1931 are presented with challenges around determining map publication dates. Unlike Rand McNally and Gousha, the Clason Map Company typically did not place dates or date codes on its products during this period. A systematic review of the maps contained in Clason state road maps, touring atlases, and Green Guides reveal that the road legends and other map symbols varied over the years in systematic ways. This Clason Map website, with content developed by Mark Greaves and Carl Liedholm, represents an attempt at providing a guide...

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Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:38pm Categories: Uncategorized

Proquest Statistical Datasets (formerly Lexis Nexis Statistical Datasets) is a powerful tool purchased by MSU Libraries to provide detailed data on a wide array of subjects. It aggregates over 590 licensed and public domain datasets and makes 14 billion data points accessible. Researchers are able to manipulate datasets, make comparisons, chart trends over time within one interface. For access and more information, see the Proquest Datasets Research Guide

Many of the datasets can be mapped within the Proquest interface, as you can see below.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 10:19pm Categories: Uncategorized

The MSU Map Library has three new very large wall maps. The first measure in at nearly 9 feet wide and depicts the earth's physical features. It is mounted on two wooden rails and can be hung by a cord. The world map 'Climate of the Earth' is "only" 6 1/2 feet wide, also on wooden rails, but is brightly colored with detailed climate zones. The last one is Great Lakes, a raised relief vinyl map of our favorite corner of the world. These maps are availble for use in the Map Library and may circulate short-term to faculty and staff with special permission. We also have a beautiful new...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 6:35pm Categories: Uncategorized

In 2010 MSU Libraries purchased a second Sanborn module which contains detailed historic maps of 12 major metropolitan areas in the United States (see list below). This module has better navigation and features than our Michigan module. Sanborn Geo Edition can locate maps by searching a street address, by specifying a latitude/longitude coordinate, or by clicking on a Google Maps interface. Dates of maps vary, but generally for each location you will see 6 to 8 editions between 1880-1960. An MSU NetID is required for access. Visitors may use one of our "Selected Resources" computers...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 7:53pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 8:01pm Categories: Uncategorized

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...

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