Blog topic: Maps

Hit the Road America: A Cartographic History of the American Road Trip

Hit the Road America: A Cartographic History of the American Road Trip

June 25, 2019
by Andria Olson

Dads taking the scenic route, singing aloud (really loud) with your favorite songs, racing to beat your older sister at collecting all the letters of the alphabet from road signs, moms taking pictures, a favorite pillow forgotten at the motel, brothers silently poking you in the backseat, or the best BLT in the world from a small town diner.

Image of railroad workers on the Tanzania Zambia railroad, circa 1971-1972

Open House on Trains and Railroads on May 10th, 2019


Friday, May 10th, marks the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial completion of the first transcontinental railroad. In honor of the occasion, curators Eitan Kensky, Kathleen Smith, and Ben Stone are organizing an Open House in Green Library from 11:00am to 3:00pm. In addition to material documenting the American transcontinental railroad and railroads in the United States, this event highlights stories of other significant trains and transportation networks around the world.

Snow plow at Cisco

Spotlight on the transcontinental railroad

The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.

National Geospatial Advisory Committee holds December 2018 meeting

December 20, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held their final meeting of the year on December 6, 2018 via teleconference.  The full report of the meeting is available on the NGAC website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

Turkey in Europe

Antiquarian Maps Collection gets a new home

December 20, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

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 map

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