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November 2017 Quarterly Meeting

The AGS Library—And Maps As Historical Resources

The American Geographical Society (AGS) Library, located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M) has one of the premier libraries and map collections of its kind in North America--and contains over 1.3 million items supporting instruction, research and outreach. It was previously the library and map collection of the American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York and was donated to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries in 1978, following a nationwide selection process by the AGS of New York.

Since then, the Library has thrived at UW-M and, through the years, the collections have expanded and presently include maps, atlases, books, journals, pamphlets, photographs, slides, Landsat images and digital spatial data. Angie Cope, Map Librarian at UW-M will be our speaker for our upcoming Quarterly Program, talking about the Library and using maps as historical resources.

The Ozaukee County Historical Society has accumulated a number of historical maps of the county dating back 150 years, providing a fascinating look at how our lands were used, who once owned property where we now work and live, and how some geographical features, such as river beds, have changed to meet the needs of an increasing population.  Archives Center Volunteers have now categorized this impressive map collection for easier access that reduces undue wear and tear by researchers. Archives Center Volunteer Colin Sandell will show several of these resources and how they may be used.

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