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October 10, 2007

The Map that Named America: 1507—2007

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"A public exhibit of rare, original documents related to early travel, including the James Ford Bell Library’s original 1507 Waldseemüller gores globe, the first map to include the word 'America.' 2007 is the 500th birthday of the Waldseemüller globe, created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller and printed from an engraved woodblock to depict newly-discovered lands in the western Atlantic. The map’s details were drawn from sailors’ charts and other documents, including the popular account of explorer Amerigo Vespucci. It was purchased in 1954 by Minnesota industrialist James Ford Bell and is now part of the collection of the University of Minnesota’s James Ford Bell Library. The exhibit also includes an original version of the Cosmographiae Introductio (the 1507 book printed to explain and accompany the Waldseemuller map), original 16th-century manuals and texts on navigation, and other period documents."

T. R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library
4th floor, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota

October 1 - December 31, 2007
(Monday-Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.)

Identifying Features: 150 Years of Illustrations, Maps, Graphs and Charts from Government Documents

"The illustrations, maps, and graphs published in government documents identify significant features of the nation’s geographical, political, biological, cultural, and human landscapes. This exhibition highlights the breadth of resources published in government documents over the past 140 years, from finely detailed illustrations of copper-bearing rocks, to documentary photographs of bird wings, to graphs describing crime statistics."

Gould Library, Carleton College
One North College Street, Northfield, MN

September 21 - December 15, 2007
4th Floor