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March digitizations

March 26, 2014

Over 160 maps have been digitized and added to the website. Interesting additions include a colorful German bird's-eye view of Boston, a map showing railroad properties in Chicago, a map showing exploration along the Platte River and a map showing U.S. national forests.

Ausicht von Boston
[mid-19th century]

Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad Co. map showing property of railroads in the business center of Chicago

Map to illustrate an exploration of the country lying between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains, on the line of the Nebraska or Platte River

National Forests

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Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014

Visit the Map Center to see our Map of a Woman's Heart. This manuscript map in ink and watercolor depicts women's characteristics as geographic features of a heart.

This map is on display until February 23rd.

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Made in Boston on WJFF/NPR

February 10, 2014

Curator Ron Grim discusses our Made in Boston exhibition on the February 7th Lost and Saved segment on WJFF/NPR.

Listen here

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Sochi Olympics

February 6, 2014.

In celebration of the Olympics, the Map Center has two maps of the Sochi area on display. See a 1672 map of the Black Sea and a modern map of the same area.

The maps will be on display until February 23rd.

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Wall Street Journal Review

January 21, 2014

Check out the Wall Street Journal's review of our current exhibition, Made in Boston.

War Put Boston on the Map

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January Uploads

January 9, 2014

Notable January additions include new manuscript maps, a map on silk, a 19th century puzzle and a colorful view of Boston.

Map of a woman's heart

[Silk map of New York, Philadephia, and southern New England]

Plan of the estate of Stephen R. and Charles F. Benton...

Bird's eye view of Boston

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Mapping Out History and Geography

December 1, 2013

Curator Ron Grim was featured in the Business section of the Boston Globe.

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Maps in the Children's Room

November 18, 2013

2 maps from the Leventhal Map Center collection are currently on display in the Children’s Room at the Central Library:

In honor of Geography Awareness Week (November 18-22), a large reproduction of the What’s Up? South! has a place of honor. Children and families have the chance to get up close and personal with this great map that plays with our ideas of perspective.

Also, as November is Native American Heritage Month, a tribal nations map, Native American Nations, Our Own Names and Locations (2013) is featured along with a selection of children’s books on Native American history.

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November Uploads

November 14, 2013

November additions include Georges-Louis Le Rouge's Recueil des plans de l'Amerique Septentrionale, a 1755 atlas of plan and views of North America; post route maps showing postal routes, frequency of service, electric and cable cars, counties and railroads; and county maps showing towns, landowners, and illustrations of local buildings.

Plan de la ville de Quebec in
Recueil des plans de l'Amerique Septentrionale

Post route map of the territory of New Mexico. 1897

Cummings' map of Columbia and Montour counties, Penn'a. 1860

Map illustrating the military operations in front of Atlanta, Ga. [in 1864]

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Made in Boston Opens

November 12, 2013

Our new exhibition Made in Boston opened on November 8th. This exhibition brings together, for the first time, a majority of these maps “made in Boston” in the century before the American Revolution. As a group they are remarkable for their idiosyncrasies of style and important contributions to geographical knowledge.

Visit the exhibition in the Map Center Gallery or see a selection of the items online.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (