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University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME 04104-9300)
Yolanda I. Theunnissen (Project Director: July 2013 to December 2014)
Ian M. Fowler (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

Thinking Globally: Conservation of an Historic Globe Collection and Creation of an Online Resource on Geographic Education

Conservation and digitization, through 3D imaging, of 21 historic globes, dating from the 17th to the 19th century, that document the history of cartography and exploration; and the creation of an online resource with digital access to 30 globe manuals and 300 instructional texts from the same period.

We propose to create an open, online resource that will present historic globes (1603-1900) in innovative, interactive 3D animations together with a corpus of 330 works (1668-1900) about the use of globes in education. This resource will support the further cultural and material analysis of historic globes as well as their incorporation in to K-12 education in history, geography, and spatial and visual literacy. A precondition of the project is to stabilize and restore to legibility 21 rare and irreplaceable globes (1603-1856) that form the essential core of our unique collection; we request NEH support specifically for this necessary conservation work.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Geography; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$257,439 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 3/31/2017