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Paper to public


In the age of GPS, the Cornell Library found a new way to look at maps from all over the world. More than 150 items in the Map Collection — initially available only to patrons who could come to the library and look at them on paper — are now available as digital images in Luna Insight.

All of the maps are in the public domain, and their dates range from the 19th century to the present. An amazingly high degree of detail is visible on each image, which also includes extensive metadata. Researchers can find the maps’ dates, creators, locations, original dimensions and much more.

New images will be added to the collection on a regular basis, and the collection will soon be linked to catalog records for even more access. Visit the collection’s homepage to view the maps.

– Gwen Glazer


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