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Antiquarian Maps Collection gets a new home

December 20, 2018
Julie Sweetkind-Singer
Turkey in Europe

Long before we had the David Rumsey Map Center, the Stanford Libraries held the Antiquarian Maps Collection in Special Collections.  This collection of maps dates from 1493 to 1962 and was processed over many years by Margaret Sowers.  This collection of over 5,000 maps had a finding aid in the Online Archive of California with the maps paged to the Field Room.  This all changed over the course of this fall when all of the items were transferred to the David Rumsey Map Center.  For perhaps the first time, we have carried out a complete inventory of the collection.  The maps have now been interfiled, the records are available through Searchworks, and the maps may be paged to the DRMC for viewing.   We hope to get the corpus scanned at some point in the future.  This was a major effort and it took many hands to carry out succesfully.  I’d like to thank the staff who were my partners in this effort.

  • Emily Prince, Cartographic Metadata Librarian: materials move, managing the inventory, metadata extraction and transformation, oversight of the interfiling, general overall problem solver
  • Peter Whidden, Library Specialist, Special Collections: access to the materials in SAL1, sleuthing to find all of the maps held in the area
  • Brynn Kramer, hourly map assistant: materials move, inventory control, filing, map sleuthing
  • Alissa Hafele, Metadata Department: ingest of records into Sirsi
  • Andria Olson, Assistant Map Librarian: materials move
  • John Mustain, Curator of Rare Books: map sleuthing

Good work team!  It's a great accomplishment to achieve before the end of the year.


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Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Associate University Librarian for Science and Engineering
Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections