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New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations (New York, NY 10018-2788)
Matthew Knutzen (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to 10/19/2015)
Artis Wright (Project Director: 10/19/2015 to present)

Mapping the Nation, 1565-1899

Cataloging, conservation, and digitization of approximately 4,000 single sheet maps dating from the 16th to the 19th century that document the whole of the United States at various periods in the nation’s history, as well as regional and state maps, and detailed maps of counties, towns, and localities.

One of the New York Public Library's (NYPL) most important collections is comprised of antiquarian sheet maps of the whole of the United States, as well its parts (e.g. Southern United States), individual states, counties, and localities. The collection numbers 3,093 titles (in 4,030 sheets) spanning three and a half centuries, with six titles from the 16th century, 37 from the 17th, 235 from the 18th, and 2,815 from the 19th. Mapping the Nation 1565-1899 will allow NYPL’s Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division to share these materials with a global audience through the creation of metadata, cataloging, basic preservation, and digitization. Upon completion of this project, 3,093 catalog records and 4,030 digital images will be made publicly accessible, offering a global audience unparalleled access both through wide dissemination of catalog and metadata records and openly licensed, freely downloadable digital images, and through other, future transformational processes.

Project fields:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018