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Collections of Distinction Curator Profiles

October 3, 2013

Boston Public Library’s Collections of Distinction feature eighteen of the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of the library’s holdings. Behind the collections are the curators who can expertly describe the significance of all the treasures found within. Map Center Curator Ronald Grim recently answered questions about the Maritime Charts and Atlases.

Visit the Collections of Distinction Curator Profiles page to meet Ron and other curators.

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New Director of Education

October 1, 2013

Michelle LeBlanc joins the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center as the Director of Education and Public Programming. Michelle has worked in the history education field in Boston, MA for over 15 years as a museum educator and as project director for a Teaching American History program that links teachers with historians and scholarly institutions to enrich their teaching. She holds a Master's degree in American History and Public History from Northeastern University.

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Recently Digitized

See our recently digitized maps

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The powder horn features a map of Boston and Charlestown, Mass., noting Bunker Hill, Breed's Hill, Morton's Point, Mill Pond, Fox Hill, South Battery, Long Wharf and Hancocks wharf.

It includes an engraving of a British Man-o-war ship, an armorial shield for the 47th Foot, the abbreviation "G R" and floral decoration.

English Pilot. The Fourth Book

The English Pilot: The Fourth Book was the first British-produced collection of charts documenting the North American coast. John Seller first published the atlas series in 1671, which was issued in separate books, each detailing a specific geographic area. These charts of the Atlantic seaboard from Hudson’s Bay to the Amazon River, along with crudely executed coastal profiles, were the standard resources used by navigators for a century.

Our 1737 edition, which is bound together with The English Pilot, Part I, was recently conserved and charts of North America have been digitized.

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Map Center featured on WCVB Chronicle

On April 2, the Leventhal Map Center was featured on the WCVB TV show Chronicle.

Click here to see the segment.

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