This Is a Real Quest for Maps

This Is a Real Quest for Maps

When David Rumsey decided to take his private collection of 19th and 20th century maps public, even the world's largest library couldn't handle the load. So, rather than donate his vast collection of 150,000 maps to the Library of Congress, Rumsey decided to put it online.

The result is an extraordinary online compilation of more than 6,500 high-resolution digital images from one of the largest private collections in the United States….

With the GIS browser, users can overlay multiple maps from different time periods with current geospatial data, like roads, lakes, parks, aerial photos and satellite imagery. They can also create, save and print their own custom maps to trace changes in a geographic area's history, population or culture.” [Wired News]

Very cool. One big thank you to Mr. Rumsey! [The Shifted Librarian]

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