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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

“A new and most exact map of Africa described by N.I. Vischer and don into English; Enlarged and Corrected according to J. Blaeu and Others, With the Habits of ye people, and ye manner of ye Cheife sitties ye like never before.”

Maps of Africa: Workshop
Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Noon - 1 pm

This workshop will focus on both the physical and digital collections of Maps of Africa at Stanford. We will explore ways to find Maps of Africa online; we will also have on display several of Stanford's Maps of Africa from its rare map collections.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cynthia Haven's story in the September 12 issue of The Dish reports that Stanford University Libraries has acquired the archives of BRUCE BAILLIE, a major figure in the development of counter-cultural filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two years ago, Special Collections acquired the archives for Canyon Cinema, one of the leading distributors of avant-garde independent films, founded by Baillie, so the pair of acquisitions effectively completes the set. The story quotes Henry Lowood in his role as curator for film & media collections.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

California as an Island

Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection, the largest privately held collection of maps showing California as an island. The collection has been scanned and will be available through Searchworks and the collections pages.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

California is an island. Always has been. Always will be.

A new Stanford Libraries acquisition of 800 maps from one of the nation's top map collectors, Glen McLaughlin, bolsters the claim: California was portrayed as an island on maps for well over a century.

"To my knowledge, it is the largest collection featuring California as an island in private hands in the world," said McLaughlin. "The collection was built over a 40-year time period, from 1971 to last year."

Cartographers call it the greatest snafu ever, persisting on a few Asian maps even into the 1860s. But perhaps those mapmakers sensed a deeper truth.

Article written by Cynthia Haven, Associate Director for Communications, Stanford University Libraries

Article reposted in part. To read the article in its entirety, see the August 30, 2012, Stanford Report.