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Landmark 1979 California Water Atlas Debuts Online

Originally published in 1979, The California Water Atlas, a monument of 20th century cartographic publishing, has been scanned and put online for free public access by the David Rumsey Map Collection. Linda Vida, Director of The Water Resources Center Archives of the University of California asked David Rumsey and Cartography Associates to scan and make available to the public this extraordinary book. The copyright holder, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, agreed to a... Read full article

News January 21, 2010 11 Comments

December 15, 2001 - 1,012 New Maps Added

Highlights from 1,012 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 1,012 new maps. Commercial, Topographical, and Statistical Atlas of the United States, 1874 Asher and Adams 41 Maps, most complete edition. This was one of the first United States atlases to exclusively feature railroad lines, showing minimal topography and only showing towns on or next to rai... Read full article

Recent Additions December 15, 2001 0 Comments

August 17, 2002 - 705 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 705 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 705 new maps. Railroad and Land Development Maps of Texas, various dates, 1877 to 1892. (Galveston, Texas), Houston and Texas Central Railway, International & Great Northern Railroad, Southern Pacific Company, St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railway Company, Texas and Pa... Read full article

Recent Additions August 17, 2002 0 Comments

June 1, 2003 - 811 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 811 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by launching the Insight Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 811 new maps. (Plan of the City of Saint Petersburg), 1753 Akademiia nauk SSSR. 36 Maps and views. This atlas includes a detailed 9 sheet map of Saint Petersburg, shown as 9 separate images plus a composite image of all 9 sheets ... Read full article

Recent Additions June 1, 2003 0 Comments

December 8, 2006 - 1,148 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,148 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by launching the Insight Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 1,148 new maps. Atlas Nouveau, 1742 Lisle, Guillaume de; Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam 121 maps and text pages. The Amsterdam edition of De Lisle's maps, adding maps by Sanson, Jaillot and others. View Atlas. Or compare this atla... Read full article

Recent Additions December 8, 2006 0 Comments

March 13, 2012 - 1,596 New Maps Added

1,596 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 30,599 maps and images. Included in this addition is Bowles' 1733 Geography Epitomiz'd, an early example of information visualization; Abraham Bradley's 1805 Post Road Map of the United States; Aaron Arrowsmith's General Atlas of 1817; a group of U.S. Mexican War broadsides and maps; Mitchell's 1855 Universal Atlas; a group of 214 individual maps, charts, broadsides, ephemera, and m... Read full article

Recent Additions March 13, 2012 2 Comments

March 6, 2009 - 1,572 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,572 New Maps and Images added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by clicking on the View links below. Or click here to view all 1,572 new maps. (This link shows 1850 maps and images because some of the new 1,572 items are text pages added to atlases and the entire atlases are shown). Atlas Nouveau, 1742 Covens et Mortier; Lisle, Guillaume de, 1675-172, Amsterdam 107 Maps.  The entire text of the bound-in geography has been put online - ... Read full article

Recent Additions March 6, 2009 0 Comments

December 21, 2011 - 1,163 New Maps Added

1,163 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 29,004 maps and images. Included in this addition is Emma Willard's 1829  History of the United States, one of the first historical school atlases published in the United States; all the illustrations, maps, and plates from the 1861 Ives Expedition up the Colorado River; the 1873 Beers Atlas of Long Island, New York; a fascinating Hieroglyphic Atlas of the U.S.; images and plates fr... Read full article

Recent Additions December 21, 2011 0 Comments

February 11, 2013 - 2,745 New Maps Added

2,745 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 37,365 maps and related images. Highlights in this addition are Cruz Cano's large wall map of South America 1775, two miniature atlases from 1758 and 1762, maps by Aaron Arrowsmith, a large group of pocket maps, an important large wall map of Georgia 1818, three copies of Tanner's American Atlas 1823, 1824, 1833,  63 birds-eye views of the Austrian countryside around Vienna 1837, Em... Read full article

Recent Additions February 11, 2013 0 Comments

August 19, 2013 - 5,359 New Maps Added

5,359 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 42,725 maps and related images. Highlights in this addition are Rizzi Zannoni's 1808 Atlante geografico del regno di Napoli; a very early geography game from France, Le Jeu du Monde of 1645; several World Atlases by Stieler; 60 Maritime Charts from the United States Exploring Expedition, 1850; over 900 topographical and geological maps from the 19th and 20th century published by the... Read full article

Recent Additions August 19, 2013 0 Comments

April 1, 2004 - 1,218 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,218 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by launching the Insight Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 1,218 new maps. Atlas of the Metropolitan District (of New York City), 1891 Bien, Joseph Rudolph; Vermeule, C.C., New York 13 Maps. Covers New York City and the country around it, including parts of New Jersey and Westchester C... Read full article

Recent Additions April 1, 2004 0 Comments

Pre-Earthquake San Francisco 1905 Sanborn Insurance Atlas

A rare 6 volume 1905 San Francisco Sanborn Insurance Atlas showing the city as it was just months before the great earthquake and fire of 1906 has been added to the map site in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library which owns the atlas and keeps it in its San Francisco History Center at the main library branch. The atlas was published in 1899/1900 and was updated manually several times by the publisher, the Sanborn-Perris Map Company of New York, with the last updates done in th... Read full article

Featured Maps June 27, 2011 5 Comments

November 27, 2010 - 1,786 New Maps Added

Below are descriptions of 1,786 new maps and images recently added to the David Rumsey Collection. Included for the first time are six new BookReaders that enable page turning books in the Luna software; four of these are new atlases: Popple's 1746 Atlas of North America; Pertermann and Milners's 1850 Atlas of Physical Geography; Williamson's 1870 Removal of Blossom Rock in San Francisco Harbor; and Baker's 1936 Atlas of American Agriculture. Also, two important boundary dispute atlases, the ... Read full article

Recent Additions November 27, 2010 4 Comments

San Francisco Aerial Photographs 1938

We have put online a set of 164 large format, sharp, black and white vertical aerial photographs of San Francisco taken in 1938 from an airplane by Harrison Ryker, a pioneer in aerial photography. The photographs overlap each other and cover the entire city. The resolution is generally better than one foot or even higher with high contrast features allowing visibility of even the paint striping on a basketball court.  Relative heights are frequently discernible based on the shadows cast of ob... Read full article

Featured Maps October 24, 2011 16 Comments

New Geographical Search by MapRank Viewer

The new MapRank Search viewer enables geographical searching of the collection by map location and coverage, in a Google Map window. Pan and zoom the Google Map to the area of the world you want maps of, and the results will automatically appear as a scrollable list of maps with thumbnail images in the right side results window. The maps in the right side results list are ranked by coverage, with the maps that have coverage closest to your search window listed at the top. Maps lower in the li... Read full article

News June 7, 2011 0 Comments

September 23, 2012 - 2,174 New Maps Added

2,174 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 34,595 maps and images. Highlights in this addition are Arrowsmith's Large Maps of Europe, Africa and Asia, 1796 - 1818, Pardies'  Star and Constellation Maps of the Heavens, 1693, the five volume 1764 Petit Atlas Maritime by Bellin, Pownall's 1776 Topographical Description, a huge 1845 manuscript map of the New York and New Haven Railroad, a group of Pocket and Guide Maps from 1822... Read full article

Recent Additions September 22, 2012 1 Comment

November 15, 2004 - 1,035 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,035 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by launching the Insight Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 1,035 new maps. Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1895 United States. War Department, Washington, D.C. 182 Maps, views, and plates. Contains reproductions of most of the important maps... Read full article

Recent Additions November 15, 2004 0 Comments

Japanese Historical Maps from the East Asian Library, UC Berkeley

The remarkable collection of Japanese Historical Maps held by the East Asian Library at the University of California Berkeley campus have been put online over the last five years in a collaboration between David Rumsey and the library.  Over 1,900 images are currently online and the collection is expected to grow by several thousand more images.  The home page of the Japanese Historical Map Collection Launch Japanese Historical Maps in LUNA Browser Read full article

Related Collections June 15, 2016 0 Comments

UC Berkeley East Asian Library and David Rumsey Collaborate to Launch Japanese Historic Maps Online Library

The new website, Japanese Historical Maps from the collections of the East Asian Library at UC Berkeley has opened in February of 2003.  The Japanese Historical Map Collection contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the East Asian Library. Represented in this online collection are over 1,100 images of maps and books from this Collection. The maps ... Read full article

News February 23, 2003 1 Comment

June 24, 2012 - 1,828 New Maps Added

1,828 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 32,413 maps and images. Included in this addition are early Yosemite guide books; the Allgemeiner Schulatlas, 1825, a remarkable German school atlas; 216 Maps and Images from Pocket Maps, 1825 - 1920; 12 U.S. County Atlases, 1864 - 1890; The Times Atlas of the World Mid-Century Edition, 1959; Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind, 1837; 30 U.S. Civil War maps f... Read full article

Recent Additions June 24, 2012 3 Comments

David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Library

The David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Library opened on April 19, 2016. It houses the entire David Rumsey Map Collection as well as a growing number of other collections: the Glen McLaughlin Collection of maps of California as an Island, the Dr. Oscar I. Norwich Collection of Maps of Africa and over 10,000 antiquarian maps collected over the years by Stanford Special Collections. The Rumsey Map Center is open to the public on weekdays from 1-5pm and weekday mornings by appointment. The Cent... Read full article

Related Collections March 10, 2017 1 Comment

25 Maps of Silicon Valley And Other Tech Hubs

We previously wrote about Early Mapping of Silicon Valley and the Internet. Since then we have added 25 maps of Silicon Valley and other tech hubs like Route 128 in Boston, Austin, Texas, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Also we have added some maps of Silicon Valley before it became a tech center. Here is a link to the entire group, including the earlier maps. These maps offer a unique view of the spatial arrangement of Tech firms. While the process of selling advertising spaces on the maps ... Read full article

Featured Maps January 2, 2021 1 Comment

March 21, 2006 - 1,048 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,048 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by launching the Insight Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 1,048 new maps. Nouvelle Metode, la Geographie, 1693 Dangeau, abbe de, Manuscript French Atlas of outline maps by Dangeau, perhaps some of the earliest examples of outline maps used for teaching geography. View Atlas Introducti... Read full article

Recent Additions March 21, 2006 0 Comments

March 1, 2001 - 1,406 New Maps Added

Highlights from 1,406 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author names below. Or click here to view all 1,406 new maps. Atlas General, 1771 Monsieur d'Anville 48 maps, including several important maps of the Americas. South America, 1814 Aaron Arrowsmith The huge (over 8 feet tall) six sheet wall map originally issued in 1811. Times Atlas of the World, 1922 John George Bartholomew 117 maps, the secon... Read full article

Recent Additions March 1, 2001 1 Comment

19th Century Maps by Children

In the 18th and 19th centuries, children were taught geography by making their own maps, usually copies of maps available to them in books and atlases at their schools or homes. Below is a group of maps and geographical diagrams made by children in the 19th century; and some of the school atlases, geographies, and wall maps that may have been their sources. These old maps made by children were hand drawn and colored, one-of-a-kind productions, and it is amazing that any have survived down to ... Read full article

Featured Maps January 7, 2010 14 Comments

Early Mapping of Silicon Valley and the Web

UPDATE: We have added 29 additional maps and related images of Silicon Valley to the Five maps below. Click here to see all 34 Silicon Valley maps. Five pictorial maps below trace the development of Silicon Valley from 1981 to 1991. Six additional maps show the growth of the Web from 1995 to 2009. There are interesting commonalities between the maps, the first group of five showing the physical space of Silicon Valley in the 1980's and the location of its first start up companies, many now go... Read full article

Featured Maps May 12, 2019 3 Comments

Coordinates Maps and Art Exhibit Opens at Stanford's David Rumsey Map Center

The David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries for the first time has borrowed art from artists and institutions around the country, pairing their pieces with cartographic material from its collection for Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain. The exhibition features a variety of ways in which the two mediums overlap in inquiries about space, both geographical and metaphorical. The exhibition opened on Thursday April 25, 2019 with a daylong symposium and reception. The exhibit... Read full article

Featured Maps April 28, 2019 0 Comments

November 28, 2007 - 1,566 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,566 New Maps added to the David Rumsey Collection. All titles may be found by launching the LUNA  Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. Or click here to view all 1,566 new maps. Atlas des ganzen Erdkreises, 1803 Reichard, C. G., Weimar 6 maps. The maps depict the entire earth on a central or gnomonic projection, which shows the globe as six faces of a cube. View Maps Union Atlas, 1813 Dar... Read full article

Recent Additions November 28, 2007 1 Comment

November 20, 2009 - 1,238 New Maps Added

The following are highlights from 1,238 New Maps and Images added to the David Rumsey Collection. Included are John Cary's comprehensive road map of England and Wales from 1794 (plus a composite image joining all 81 sheets), John Wilson's important Map of South Carolina, 1822, Pick's time-line historical chart from 1858, geological and oil maps of Pennsylvania, 2 editions of Rand McNally's Business Atlas, 3 editions of Johnston's Royal Atlas, the atlas edition of Viele's map of New York City ... Read full article

Recent Additions November 20, 2009 4 Comments

April 12, 2010 - 764 New Maps Added

Below are highlights from 764 new maps and images recently added to the David Rumsey Collection.  Included are John Cary's 1790 Survey of the High Roads From London - an early use of strip road maps, the Atlas Classique De La Geographie - an 1839 teaching atlas by C.V. Monin with Monin's version of the classic Mountains and Rivers plate by Bulla, and Rand McNally's monumental 1924 Commercial Atlas Of America, with some of the most detailed early highway maps of the U.S. along with extensive r... Read full article

Recent Additions April 12, 2010 1 Comment

Over 2,000 Pictorial Maps in Online Collection

Over 2,000 Pictorial maps and related images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection in the form of separate maps, pocket maps, case maps, atlases, manuscript maps, and wall maps. Pictorial maps are generally described as maps that employ various kinds of illustrations, images, and text that enhance the cartographic message. While they seem to have peaked in popularity in the 1920 to 1940 period, they have antecedents in the 19th and earlier centuries and the form continues today. ... Read full article

Featured Maps March 31, 2015 3 Comments

Online Rumsey Maps Reach 105,000. Part Two - 2017 Additions

This is Part Two of the blog post documenting the 46,000 new maps and images that have been added online since 2015. The total online collection is now over 105,000.  This post covers 50 highlights of additions made in 2017. Later posts will cover the additions made in 2018, 2019, and 2020.  All titles may be found by clicking on the View links or images below.  China : Chung Hue Min Kuo = central flowery republican country. (Seen from the direction of Guam). Richard Edes Harrison. (inset) M... Read full article

Recent Additions February 27, 2021 0 Comments

April 4, 2015 - 15,342 New Maps Added

15,342  new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 58,078 maps and related images. Highlights in this addition are over 2,000 Pictorial Maps; the Claes Janszoon Visscher 1611 Leo Belgicus map;  the 1570 and 1608 editions of the Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; a massive group of German Invasion plans for England, Wales, and Ireland in WW II; 1682 Map of the areas around Mexico City; 2 important early atlases of Swiss Topography; ... Read full article

Recent Additions April 4, 2015 3 Comments

Online Rumsey Maps Reach 100,000. Part One - 2016 Additions

Since the last Recent Additions blog five years ago, more than 41,000  new maps and images have been added online, bringing the total online collection to over 100,000.  Because of the large number of maps in this Recent Addition, we are splitting the 41,000 updates into four blog posts of about 10,000 maps each, divided roughly into the years following the last post - 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. This post covers highlights of additions made in 2016.  All titles may be found by clicking on th... Read full article

Recent Additions June 25, 2020 4 Comments