September 9, 214 (or 215): Roman Emperor Aurelian was born. His rule lasted from 270 until his death in 275.

The map was created by Josephus Lugli, a topographer, and Italus Gismondi, an archeological draftsman. The map shows ancient Rome in gray and black laid over modern Rome (circa 1949) in buff and green. This map demonstrates how much is known about ancient Rome.

Map: Lugli, G. and Gismondi, J. (1977). Forma Urbis Romae Imperatorum Aetate Delineaverunt: Iosephus Lugli et Italus Gismondi Anno MCMXLIX. Novaro: Instituto Geographico De Agnosti.

Post by Kassie M.

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September 5, 1774: The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

This map was published in 1750, and helps put into context what was known of the North American landmass by the colonists just 24 years prior to the assembly of the Congress. Note the gigantic lake taking up most of what would most likely be Washington state.

MapCarte des nouvelles découvertes au nord de la mer du Sud, tant à l’est de la Siberie et du Kamtchatka, qu’à l’ouest de la Nouvelle France : dressée sur les mémoires de Mr. Del’Isle, professeur royal et de l’Académie des sciences / par Philippe Buache de la même académie ; et présentée à l’Académie dans son assemblée publique du 8 Avril 1750 par Mr. Del’Isle.  [Paris? : G. Del’isle & P. Buache, 1750]

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August 29, 1842: The Treaty of Nanking was signed, marking the end of the First Opium War between the UK and China.

I really appreciate the precision of the publisher’s location on the front cover of the map: “(Four Doors from Trafalgar Square) Next door to the post office”

Map: Wyld, James. A map to illustrate the war in China; compiled from surveys & sketches by British officers and other information. London: J. Wyld, 1857

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August 25, 1836: Bret Harte’s birthday

Guest Post from Kassie M., Grad student in the Map Collection

This map was discovered in the map collection this summer as part of the inventory project. The map features the names and illustrations of famous American writers or their characters. Bret Harte, the famous American author and poet, is featured on a map inset.

Map: Firley, H.J. (ed.) & Boys, J. (ill.) A Pictorial Map Depicting the Literacy Development of the United States. Chicago: Denoyer-Geppert:Chicago. 1952.

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history-addict asked:

I absolutely love your blog! Your collection is so wonderful and diverse. Truly interesting! Thank you so much for sharing!

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We’re so glad that you’re enjoying our posts! We do our best to show off the variety of materials present in a map collection; there’s always more than you think there will be, and you never really know what will show up!

August 22, 1910: The Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty was signed. It took effect one week later.

This map was found in a drawer in the Map Collection not long ago, and was recently cataloged during a cooperative cataloging project with several other institutions. Map cataloging is a highly specialized area; to get the map cataloged locally, it would have taken a cooperative effort between 3 different employees.

MapKankoku keijō zenzu / Keifu Tetsudō Kabushiki Gaisha cho. Tōkyō : Keifu Tetsudō Kabushiki Gaisha, Meiji 36 [1903]

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August 23-31, 1901: The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA.

Guest Post from Kassie M., Grad student in the Map Collection

Photos of the 1901 Sanborn Insurance Maps of Des Moines, IA.

Pictured: page 153 and a view of the 1901 fairgrounds.

Map: Insurance Maps of Des Moines Iowa, Volume Two. New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co. Limited, 1901.

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Sanborn fire insurance maps for the the block bounded by Iowa Ave., Clinton, Washington and Dubuque Streets, from 1883 to sometime after 1933.

Source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Company.

Note the wide open space used by livery stables on the early maps. The block still has a large open area accessible from Iowa Ave.

Fire insurance maps are incredibly useful for showing the precise evolution of an area.

It’s oddly gratifying to see what your house or workplace has replaced.

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August 6, 1911: Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, NY.

Although a slightly creepy concept, star maps have been around for quite some time, and have in some cases just moved online.

MapSouvenir map and guide to starland estates and mansions : a fascinating trip through movieland with other information. Los Angeles, Calif. : Vivian Welton, [1960]

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