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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc. (Boston, MA 02116-2813)
Janet H. Spitz (Project Director: July 2012 to present)

Planning a Central Cartographic Web Portal for the Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1800

A planning project to establish protocols and agreements for creating digital access to 3,000 cartographic images, held by multiple institutions, that document the Revolutionary War era (1750-1800).

The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is developing a Central Cartographic Web Portal, focusing on the American Revolutionary War Era. This curated database will provide broad access to primary source documents that will include a judicious selection of the best and most informative printed and manuscript maps from approximately ten collections in the U.S. and Europe. The materials will focus on military mapping; 18th century American maritime charts; and urban mapping. The theme of the American Revolutionary War Era will serve as a pilot and model for additional themes in future years. Two advisory teams, one composed of curators and humanities experts, the other of technical expertise for cataloging and data management, will advise and create protocols for all aspects of the project. The site will improve access to vastly expanded resources through technology; advancing the scholarly, educational and cultural enrichment missions of all participating institutions.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 3/31/2015