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Map Believed Stolen from the Boston Public Library Is Found in New York City and Returned

December 4, 2015

Today, the Boston Public Library (BPL) announced that a map believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago, has been located at a New York City antiques dealer, and has been returned. The map, Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, compiled in 1612 by explorer Samuel de Champlain, was found for sale with an antiques dealer for $285,000. The map, which has prominent identifying marks, was discovered by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center curator, Ronald Grim, and a third party expert has confirmed its ownership. The map will be on display in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square from December 4, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

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See the digitized map

See the report on NECN

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New atlases on the Internet Archive

November 19, 2015

Over 100 books and atlases have been digitized and added to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection on Internet Archive

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2015 Newsletter

November 4, 2015

Our new issue of Contours is out. Pick one up at the Map Center or read it online.

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New Items in American Revolution Exhibition

August 21, 2015

New items from the British Library and other institutions have been switched in to the We Are One exhibition.

Read more about the British Library items in the Boston Globe.

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Summer Teacher Institute

August 3, 2015

From July 13-17, the Map Center held a summer teacher institute on Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution. Read WBUR's article on the workshop:

Boston Public Library Puts Teacher Training On The Map

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Bromley Atlases

July 22, 2015

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is digitizing our Bromley atlases of Boston. These atlases, which provide detailed street and property information for Boston neighborhoods from 1883 to 1938, are one of our most used resources.

Twelve volumes are currently available on the website.

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Digitized Books and Atlases

July 15, 2015

Internet Archive is digitizing the Map Center's books and atlases. Over 100 items are currently available, ranging from our 1482 Ptolemy to early 20th century tourist guides and atlases.

Visit the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center collection page on Internet Archive

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Maps from the British Library

June 30, 2015

Maps from the British Library and their King George III Topographical Collection have been added to our digital collection. These include a great number of unique manuscript maps and views depicting New England or the American Revolutionary War era.

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British Library Revolutionary War Era maps

PLAN of the Position of the Army under the command of Lieut:t Gen:l Burgoyne near Still Water ...
Plan Elevation and sections of Blockhouse to be built at Penobscot in the Bay of Funda ...

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Jeffery's General Topography and Maps from the Newberry Library

May 6, 2015

The Boston Public Library's copy of Thomas Jeffery's General Topography of North America and the West Indies has been completely digitized. Jefferys was one of London’s most prolific commercial map publishers during the mid-18th century. This atlas featured maps documenting major battles during the French and Indian War and recent surveys of individual colonies.

See the maps here

50 images from the Newberry Library have been added, many as part of the American Revolutionary War era collection.

Newberry Library Collection

Carte de la campagne de la division aux ordres du Mis. de St. Simon en Virginie...
Combat naval à la hauteur de la Baye de Chézapeake le 5 7bre. 1781
Plan du Fort du Sault de St. Louis et du village des sauvages Iroquois
Carte d'un partie de l'Amerique Septentrionale...

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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library honors France’s role in the American Revolutionary War

In this photo (left to right): Jan Spitz, Executive Director; Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education; Ronald Grim, Curator; Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston.

April 30, 2015

On March 30, 2015, the Leventhal Map Center presented a framed copy of the 1784 map by French map maker Jean Lattré, the first map issued after the Treaty of Paris. This presentation was in recognition of the vital role France played in the founding of our nation.

Published in France, America’s ally during the war, the map commemorates the bond between the two countries. It is the first map to recognize the newly established United States of America and is dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, head of the American delegation to the treaty negotiations.

The ship in the cartouche symbolizes French naval assistance and the independent course set by the new United States. This is one of 60 maps that appears in the Leventhal Map Center exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence which runs May 2 to November 29 at the Boston Public Library.

To view this map, click here

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