Third Thursday Archive

April in Paris (April 19, 2012)
This is the last open house of the semester, and follows the theme "April in Paris." The Clark Library has one of the most extensive collections of maps of Paris in the U.S. View many early maps of Paris including Turgot's plan of Paris (1739), Belleforest (1575), and the Haussmann plan for Paris, plus many other maps and guidebooks for Paris and France.
Traveling By Train (November 19, 2011)
Please join us for our first Third Thursday in the Stephen S. Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services. Our theme for this month's open house is "Traveling by Train". We’ll have many colorful and historical railroad and subway maps, timetables, guidebooks, and travel brochures from our extensive collection on view.

Maps of the Mediterranean (April 21, 2011)
Our theme for this month's open house is "Maps of the Mediterranean". The event is in support of The Center for European Studies-European Union Center winter semester series “The Connecting Sea: Charting the Mediterranean Across the Disciplines” and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ “Water Theme Semester”. The Map Library will have on display many maps from its strong collection of maps of the Mediterranean region including early maps of Turkey, Malta, Sicily, Egypt, Gibraltar, and many other engaging and beautiful items.

Mapping Science (March 17, 2011)
We will be featuring maps of science in conjunction with the Library Gallery exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, a traveling exhibit created by Dr. Katy Borner of Indiana University. The exhibit was created to demonstrate the power of maps to navigate and manage physical places but also abstract topic spaces. It introduces knowledge mapping techniques to the general public. It is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Please join us for this special event. 

Water Maps (February 17, 2011)
Please join us for this special Third Thursday in the Library Gallery in support of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Winter Theme Semester on Water. Some of the items that we will be featuring are early charts of the Great Lakes, a 25 ft. long scroll map for navigating the Colorado River, a World War II pilot’s cloth emergency map showing ocean currents, 17th century nautical charts, and some remarkable maps of the Mediterranean Sea . As a special feature we will be previewing MFA student Collin McRae’s short animation “Stitch”.

Maps of the Bible and the Holy Land (January 20, 2011)
In conjunction with the current exhibit in the Library’s Audubon Room “Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible” we will be highlighting rare and modern maps depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments and maps of the Holy Land in general. Some of the items that will be on display are a map showing the shipwreck of the apostle Paul in the Mediterranean (1540), historical maps of Palestine (1630), and rare maps showing the Exodus and other historical events of the region.
Highlights of the Collection (December 16, 2010)
This month we will be featuring highlights from our collection including several wonderful new additions. The maps on display will include a 1662 Plan of the Kremlin, a three-dimensional relief map of Mont Blanc, a detailed plan of Seville from 1788, and the Map of the Peninsula of India (1800).
Maps from & about Indigenous Cultures (November 18, 2010)
Various cultures think of and express spatial representation in different ways, sometimes stretching some of our preconceived notions of what a map is. We will have images and reproductions of some of these interesting maps as well as maps showing the locations of indigenous cultures.
Maps of Cities (October 21, 2010)
The Map Library has a large collection of maps of urban areas and we actively acquire historical city maps to support research on campus. Some of the maps on display will be a 1666 map of London showing the Great Fire of that same year, the finely detailed Nolli plan of Rome (1748), a 26 sheet map of Tokyo from ca. 1849, and many other interesting maps and views of cities.
Tour de France: Travel & Topography in France 1700-1900 (September 16, 2010)
In conjunction with the current Hatcher Library Audubon Room exhibit "Tour de France: Travel & Topography in France 1700-1900" we will be featuring maps of France. We will be displaying maps from our renowned collection of maps of Paris and other areas of France, including the finely detailed Turgot Plan de Paris (1739), and the first survey of France (1757) by Cassini. We will also be having a map sale of duplicate modern travel and road maps.
Government Maps & Documents (April 15, 2010)
The Government has been printing documents for distribution for nearly 200 years. We had on display the 1835 Michigan-Ohio border question map, maps used in the Civil War, early maps of the Great Lakes from the Lake Survey, maps of John Wesley Powell's adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1876, lunar landing maps and many other government documents.

Maps of Mexico & Mexican Connections in the United States (March 18, 2010)
Highlights included rare 17th century maps of New Spain, maps of the early Republic, and detailed modern maps. Our open house is being held in conjunction with the exhibit opening for Exile & Utopia, an artist book by Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, and also includes maps related to Aaron’s research and exhibit.

Weird & Wonderful Maps & Map Projections (February 18, 2010)
Some maps are just plain strange; they don’t conform to our ideas of how a map should look. Some of these qualities are the result of artistic and creative impulses, others are done with the specific intention of emphasizing certain spatial characteristics. Some projections involve complex geometry and the results often express creative and beautiful images of earth including "double hearts." We will have on display Oronce Fine's 1531 heart shaped map, Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion map, and many others.
Islands of the World (January 21, 2010)
Islands hold a special place in our psyches and imaginations; they can represent safety, isolation, or even idyllic utopia. On display was the atlas L’Isole piu Famose del Mondo (Famous Islands of the World) (1620), 17th and 18th century maps of Malta, Madagascar, and the “Spice Islands”, as well as many other rare and interesting items.
Highlights of the Collection (December 17, 2009)
The Map Library’s collection of maps and atlases is continually growing through purchases and generous gifts. We showed some of these new additions to the collection such as facsimile medieval world maps known as mappae mundi, early airline travel maps and brochures, and vintage roads maps as well as other beautiful maps.
Maps of World War II (November 19, 2009)
It was 70 years ago this Fall that the war officially began. The Map Library has one of the largest collections of maps produced for World War II in the U.S. They make up a significant portion of our collection and consist of maps produced for both civilian and military use. On display was silk maps carried by pilots, German intelligence maps and aerial photos, weekly Newsmaps and information posters, detailed maps of the warfronts, and other items.
Meaningful Maps (October 15, 2009)
This was a celebration of the contributions of the University's museums. The Map Library has many items that support museum collections. Included in our display was maps of Mayan and Egyptian ruins and temples, the Roman Empire, illustrations from the explorations of naturalists, and examples of our own museum worthy maps and atlases.

Maps in Books (September 17, 2009)
Some of the most interesting maps are those used to create the geographical context of a novel as in Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and More’s Utopia, enhance the mystery of a thriller as in the Dell “mapbacks” that adorned the back cover of Dell paperback mysteries, or help the reader to follow the adventure of its characters as in The Lord of the Rings series. We also had on display various beautiful atlases and other maps in books from our collections.

Road Maps (April 16, 2009)
This month we showcased classic automobile road maps of the 1920's through the 1960's. The Map Library has a large collection of vintage road maps which were distributed by oil companies, state highway departments, and automobile associations. Artists were often hired to design beautiful stylized maps, map panels, and advertisements which were used to entice potential travelers into adventuring out onto the open road. Many of the maps that will be on display were received last year as part of a large and generous gift from Tom Beauvais.

Maps & Art (March 19, 2009)
Celestial Maps & Atlases (February 19, 2009)
Historical County Maps (January 15, 2009)
Highlights (December 18, 2008)
We featured highlights from our collection with a focus on some new additions, including: a beautiful 1830’s map of Florence, a large collection of vintage U.S. road maps, an atlas of the environs of Paris (1762), and many more wonderful maps and atlases.
Linguistic Maps (November 18, 2008)
This month highlights ethnographic and linguistic maps from our extensive collection. Maps are a powerful tool for understanding the locations of both current and historical cultures and where particular languages and dialects are spoken. Linguistic maps are especially useful in understanding countries such as Papua New Guinea where over 800 languages are spoken.
Cartographic Beasts (October 16, 2008)
Featured the often strange and unusual creatures and animals that are portrayed on early maps. Some were drawn as descriptive illustrations of newly seen animals and others are used as symbols of strength, power and knowledge. Even more interesting are the strange human-like faces that were often used in decoration.
Charting the Seas (September 18, 2008)
A celebration of the mapping of the oceans and the Great Lakes - including early nautical charts of the Pacific Ocean, Lake Michigan and some 18th century French charts.
Olympics (August 21, 2008)
A celebration of the Olympic Games with maps of Olympic cities - including the ancient site of Olympia - and other items related to the Olympic Games and their history.
Africa (May 15, 2008)
Games (April 20, 2008)
A fun exploration of maps from games, map game boards, and map jigsaw puzzles. We invite you to bring your own!
World Capitals (March 17, 2008)
Celebrate the world's capitals with maps and travel guides from our extensive collection.
China (February 20, 2008)
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with maps, books and other interesting items relating to China, including some materials from the Asia Library. Lunar year 4706 is the year of the Rat.
Literary Maps (January 17, 2008)
We explore Middle Earth, the Beat Greenwich Village, Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco and other literary landscapes
Cartographic Feast (December 20, 2007)
We will feature maps relating to food including: a 1642 Dutch map of the Spice Islands, A&P's large and colorful pictorial food map of the United States from 1932, and various wine, cheese, coffee and tea maps.
Empires (November 15, 2007)
This month we will feature maps showing the Roman, Ottoman, Mughal and other empires over the ages. Featured items will include The Peutinger Table, an 18th century reproduction of a 4th century Roman road map, and a 17th century map of New Spain.
Detroit (October 18, 2007)
This month we celebrate Detroit, featuring over 300 years of maps as well as historical travel guides, materials relating to the 1967 riot, the 1807 Woodward plan of Detroit and much more.
The University of Michigan: Past and Present (September 20, 2007)
This month will feature the beautiful art deco-style map Down in Ann Arbor Town (a detailed 1869 map of Ann Arbor), Vietnam era editions of the The Michigan Daily and other gems from the Library's collection. Help us to celebrate 190 years of University history.
Maps of the Heavens (August 16, 2007)
Pictorial Maps (July 19, 2007)


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