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Views of the world

Olin Library’s map collection recently received generous donations from two Cornell professors.

Michael Tomlan, director of the Historic Preservation Planning Program in the Department of City and Regional Planning, allowed the library to add to its collection digital images of 10 valuable historical maps owned by his company, Historic Urban Plans. They include:

• a 17th-century Dutch map of the Scandinavian Peninsula;
• an 18th-century Dutch hemispherical map of world;
• an 18th-century German map of Egypt, and;
• a magnificent 19th-century Japanese map of Tokyo.

Muawia Barazangi, professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, donated his collection of geological maps of Syria and the Middle East. It includes a complete set of a comprehensive out-of-print series prepared by the Soviet Technoexport” Company in the 1960s.


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