Gardner Family Map Room

World’s Largest Atlas

Although there are 31 copies –The State Library of New South Wales is presently displaying theirs.

Earth Platinum  requires 2 people to turn the page.




New Maps

“Tourist & Motoring Atlas Spain & Portugal”  by Michelin

“The New York World’s Fair”

“Booth’s Maps of London Poverty East & West 1889″  (digitized:  Booth’s Maps of London Poverty)

“Four Very Detailed Maps of Victorian London 1863″

Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World

Women in Cartography

Check out this new exhibit by the Osher Map Library–Smith Center for Cartographic Education


Re:Map Columbus

Transit Columbus is running a contest from Nov 1-Dec 31, 2014 to create maps of Columbus showing alternative transportation options.  Complete rules are listed here:


New Books for October

Mapping the First World War (The Great War Through Maps From 1914-1918)

By Peter Chassaud


Maps of Malaya & Borneo (Discovery, Statehood & Progress)

{The Collections of H.R.H. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah & Dato’ Richard Curtis}

Text by Dr. Frederic Durand in collaboration with Dato’ Richard Curtis


Rand McNally Road Atlas 2015 (United States)



British Library Map Georeference

Assist the British Library georeference their maps!

Online geographic tools allow historic maps to be overlaid on modern mapping, enhancing the ability to view and compare the past with the present and improving findability. Georeferencing, i.e. assigning points on a map image to corresponding geographical coordinates, links the map to its spatial location on the ground using universal geographic standards (latitude / longitude).


August 2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of World War I

“A Guide to the Western Front”  (2006 map)


2 more maps:

“Battle of Normandy June – Aug 1944″   Reprint of the 1947 map by Michelin Tires

“Historical Map of Winchester about 1800″  by the Winchester Excavations Committee & the Historic Towns Trust



“Japoniae Insulae: the mapping of Japan: historical introduction and cartobibliography of European printed maps of Japan to 1800″  by Jason C. Hubbard

“Travel Atlas: Caribbean Islands East & South”  by International Travel Maps

“Travel Atlas: Indian Subcontinent” by International Travel Maps

“Travel Atlas:  Silk Road” by International Travel Maps



NASA — Crowd Source Mapping

NASA is looking for help in crowdsourcing Night Photos of the Earth from the International Space station.





New Books

“Atlas Historique de l’Algerie” by Karim Chaibi

“Atlas of the World” by National Geographic

“Discovering Antique Maps” by Alan G. Hodgkiss

“The East View World Geographical Atlas” by East View & Istituto Geografico de Agostini

“Globes” by Sylvia Sumira

“The Great War seen from the Air in Flanders Fields, 1914-1918″ by Birger Stichelbaut & Piet Chielens

“The Horizons of Christopher Columbus:  Using the Heavens to Map America” by Arne B. Molander

“Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro” by Mark Ovenden

“A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada: Toward a Sustainable Future” by Chris Mayda

“You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We find Ourselves” by Hiawatha Bray

National Geographic Maps and World War

How World War I Launched Mapmaking at National Geographic

The far-off battles of WWI created an appetite for maps—and National Geographic was at the ready.

A couple of reproductions of National Geographic Maps from WWI are currently in the Map Room Display Case located just outside of Thompson 155.

“Revisiting WWI in Maps” will run thru December 2014 and contains other notable maps including 2 that were hand-drawn by T.E. Lawrence.

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