A New Way to Search Old Maps

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting


North American Cartographic Information Society


Sacramento, CA

Conference Dates

October 7-10, 2009

Date of Presentation



Searching for historic maps and aerial photographs either traditionally or digitally requires the researcher to think textually -- using words and numbers to find something that is best spatially represented. I will explore how researchers can use a graphical maps database that skips having to explain with words or search for the exact right word to describe a location that could have vague local geographic names. I will guide the attendees on a tour of graphical maps database that I created at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona in 2001 (http://sharlot.org/archives/maps/index.html). As a I prepare to create a similar program at the University of the Pacific's Holt-Atherton Special Collections, I have explored other technologies that might be able to help such as a standard MARC record, Google Earth Community, Rumsey's maps, Wikimapia, and CONTENTdm.

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