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  • December 12, 2013

San Francisco Airport Exhibits Maps from Rumsey Collection

Maps of San Francisco from the David Rumsey Collection will be exhibited at the San Francisco International Airport Museum from December 14, 2013 to October 1, 2014. Over 30 maps, views, and photographs document the extraordinary growth of San Francisco from the gold rush village of 1849 to the 20th century metropolis it became. The exhibit will be in the airport exhibition gallery in Terminal 2 (Virgin America and American Airlines), beyond security. The exhibit combines the original maps with digital representations, including videos and Google Earth overlays. View a selection of the exhibit maps at the airport online exhibit and read the press release. You can also view all the maps used in the exhibit on davidrumsey.com

From the exhibition catalog:"San Francisco was at once improbable and inevitable. Much of the land at the northern tip of this hilly peninsula consisted of windswept sand dunes and was frequently blanketed with a cold fog during its summer season. But its location at the entrance to the largest natural harbor on the Pacific Coast, a series of auspicious events, and consecutive generations of citizens boldly reinventing their home on their own terms all combined to produce a city considered by many of its residents and visitors to be one of the world’s finest only fifty years after its founding. By all accounts, the transition of this sleepy village clinging to the shoreline of a sheltered cove to a boisterous, thriving metropolis was sudden. Charts, maps, and illustrated views document the remarkable pace of San Francisco’s early development in the latter half of the nineteenth century and its perpetual state of transformation throughout the twentieth century."

1 Comment on San Francisco Airport Exhibits Maps from Rumsey Collection
Sato Moughalian on April 22, 2014 at 6:07AM wrote:

Hello, I didn't see a direct contact listed for your staff, so I thought I would leave a comment and hope that it will get to the appropriate person. First, thank you so very much for making this incredible resource available to the public. I can only imagine how many researchers it has helped, and how much context for historical events it has opened. I am writing the biography of my grandfather, the Armenian ceramist David Ohannessian (1884-1953). I came to your site looking for his birth village in Anatolia in the regions of Bursa and Eskishehir, which was called, according to family documents, Mouradchai. I also had some other information from Protestant missionary publications which allowed me to focus on a small area. Although I did not find it within this collection, I did find it on a 1907 map by Richard Kiepert. I know that the village was emptied of its Armenian population in 1919. I would very much like to learn if any of it--ruined or otherwise--remains today, as I am planning a research trip to Turkey for June of this year. I compared the region with Google Earth, but I don't think my eye is well enough trained to discern how today's region compares with the 1907 map version of it. I notice that your header says "Cartography Associates." Do you offer any professional services? Is there someone with whom I could consult to help interpret both the topography of the old map with the region that is visible in Google Earth? I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Thank you, Sato Moughalian #