Campus History Web Application

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Use the map to explore 150 years of growth by viewing building footprints, aerial imagery and historic maps.


The Campus History map is a collaboration between the John R. Borchert Map Library and the University Archives.

The Essential Geography of the United States

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This map was created by Dave Imus and won the "Best of Show" award at the Cartography and Geographic Information Society competition in 2012.


Stop by the Map Library to view the map or click on the image to view the catalog record.

U.S. Explorers 1501 to 1844

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This map was published as part of a United States Geological Survey Bulletin in 1923.


It shows the "routes of the principal explorers" in the United States between 1501 and 1844.


Click on the image to view the full size map.

Lake Superior (1832)

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This map was published as part of a volume titled Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.


The SDUK, as the Society was known, produced inexpensive maps to encourage broad use in education.


Though the atlas was published in 1844, individual maps were produced as early as 1829.

Asiae Nova Descriptio

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This is the oldest original map in the Map Library collection and was donated through the Ames Library of South Asia collection.

It was produced in the 1570s by Abraham Ortelius for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (literally "Theater of the World"), which is considered to be the first modern atlas.

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