Geography and Maps

Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online

Description
A fully searchable, encyclopedic database of over 165,000 geographical places and features of all kinds. Lists names, descriptions, and characteristics including information on population, agriculture, industry, services, climate, and relief.
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
1998 edition
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9097
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Information Please Almanac

Alternative Titles
Infoplease.com
Description
Web site for the popular compilations of facts and statistics covering politics, current events, geography, history, business, sports, entertainment, weather, science, health, etc. Includes the Columbia Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and resources for kids.
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Current edition.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8703
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

Description

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.

Type
Map(s)
Text Collection
Coverage
1866-1926
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8647
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects

Vignaud Collection

 

 

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.

 

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Last modified: 02/25/2013

Hubbard Collection

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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Last modified: 03/19/2013

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