The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (formerly Defense Mapping Agency) database of foreign geographic feature names.
Sanborn maps, large-scale plans of a city or town, were created to assist fire insurance companies assess the risk associated with insuring a particular property. This collection includes 660,000 maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities.
The Michigan County Histories and Atlases Digitization Project is comprised of 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923. The collection offers all members of the community free keyword searching and page-by-page access to digitized reproductions of Michigan county histories and atlases as a resource for historical and genealogical research. The collection is made possible, in part, through a generous Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. Additional funding was provided by Michigan Council of Library Directors institutions and a Michigan Digitization and Preservation for Access grant. Titles were selected from Frances Loomis's Michigan Biography Index (Detroit: Detroit Public Library, 1946), William Miles' Michigan Atlases and Plat Books (Lansing: State Library Services, 1975), Bentley Historical Library holdings, and the Research Publications microfilm publication County and Regional Histories of the Old Northwest.
The University of Michigan acquired the Vignaud Collection in 1922. It contains more than 1200 books, atlases, maps and pamphlets dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The collection was divided between the University Library and the William L. Clements Library, with most titles held in the librarys' map collections.
Henry Vignaud (1830-1922) was from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was briefly a captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862, he escaped and made his way to Paris, France where he lived out the rest of his life. He served as a Confederate diplomat and was a translator and writer.
He was also a noted scholar of the Columbian encounter and an avid collector of rare and intriguing materials about American history. Most importantly, Vignaud collected most of the important atlases containing maps of the Americas, and also many works on Europe and France.
Shortly after his death, his widow put his collection up for auction. The University of Michigan sent the head of the General Library, William Warner Bishop, to Paris to purchase the collection. The Vignaud Collection then came to form the core of the rare and special maps held by the University.
The Hubbard collection consists of around 120 important rare maps. The collection focuses on North America and Europe, and the maps date from the 16th to the 19th century.
Lucius L. Hubbard (1849-1933) was a lawyer before earning his PhD in mineralogy in 1886. He worked for the Michigan Geological Survey and the Michigan College of Mines until 1893, when he assumed a six-year post as the Michigan State Geologist. In addition to minerals, Hubbard was also a collector of Americana as well as maps of the world. He donated his map collection to the University of Michigan in 1923, at the midpoint of his service as a University regent (1911-1933).
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