Blog topic: Maps

How Big is a Big Map? Digitizing William Smith's Stratified Map of England, Scotland and Wales from 1815

March 28, 2014
by Deardra Fuzzell

By Deardra Fuzzell and Wayne Vanderkuil
A historic geologic map, the data for which was compiled over the course of many years by one determined man, William Smith. Completed nearly 2 centuries ago, it remains incredibly relevant.

This is one of the largest and most difficult oversized objects Stanford has digitized thus far.
See how the Digital Production Group went about imaging this unique item.

Planisfero del mondo vecchio, 1691?

Hemispheric Maps displayed at Branner Library, 3/1-4/23, 2014

February 27, 2014
by G. Salim Mohammed

Hemispheres in cartography refer to slicing the globe into spherical halves. Generally, hemispheres we see in maps are Northern or Southern, where the equator is the dividing line and Eastern and Western, or where the prime meridian, East and West of 180˚ longitude, bisects the two. 

Amerique

Rebecca Solnit and the Maps of California as an Island

November 15, 2013
by G. Salim Mohammed

Author Rebecca Solnit was co-sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the Bill Lane Center for the American West as a visiting researcher and spent time with us during the Winter and Spring of 2013. During this time, she explored the library's newly acquired collection of historic maps that curiously depict California as an island off the West coast of North America.

World Map

Exploring Maps with the California Rare Book School - Map Digitization

November 15, 2013
by Wayne Vanderkuil

During the week of November 4th, Julie Sweetkind-Singer hosted the California Rare Book School (http://www.calrbs.org/) with several sessions held at Stanford University Libraries. The CalRBS is an ongoing program founded by UCLA that educates students interested in the field of rare books. This specific course was designed to provide a general overview of the history of maps in the western world, as well as their use in modern-day teaching and research.

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