Wednesday, May 8, 2013

David Rumsey Maps Now Available through DPLA

Map of the State of New York with the Latest Improvements, David Rumsey/DPLA
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which opened its virtual doors last month (see here for initial statement), has announced that it has partnered with the David Rumsey Map Collection to make over 38,000 digital images of maps and related materials available through the DPLA portal. Rumsey’s online collection of maps is free to the public and is updated monthly. All of the online maps are searchable via the DPLA. For example, if one searches the DPLA portal for "David Rumsey railroads," 4,221 results are returned, including maps from commercial atlases, military surveys, travelers' guides, directories, and a host of other resources useful to business and economic historians; the reproduction above is the "Map of the State of New York with the Latest Improvements. Showing All The Canals & Railroads, & c. 1845,"which can be found here.