A close look at the Evans Map Room

by Jennifer Davidson

30 Jan 2012

 

JEN NIFER DAVID SON / THE DART MOUTH

Ever won der what a turn-of-the-cen tury star chart looks like? Or a globe of the moon? How about a nau ti cal map? Or maybe you just want to check out the topog ra phy of the trail you’re hik ing next week end?

You can find out an swers to those very ques tions at the Evans Map Room. Lo cated on the sec ond floor of Baker-Berry Li brary next to the Jones Media Cen ter, the room con tains a huge va ri ety of items — not just maps — avail able for stu dent use.

The room is named for Bar bara and R. Brad ford Evans ’64. Brad Evans is a Se nior Ad vi sor at Mor gan Stan ley and has been a Char ter Trustee of the Col lege since 2003.

The re mark ably com pre hen sive col lec tion of maps in the room dates from me dieval to mod ern day. In ad di tion, the map room con tains maps de tail ing the Hanover re gion and New Eng land. Spe cial ists there are cur rently at work on dig i tiz ing this spe cial col lec tion so that stu dents can view the maps on line.

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In ad di tion to maps, the Evans Map Room con tains a va ri ety of at lases, gazetteers, and globes. Soft ware avail able for stu dents in cludes ge o graphic in for ma tion sys tem tech nol ogyand a sub scrip tion to Google Earth Pro.

All maps from 1981 to pre sent day can be checked out. Li brary pa trons may not check out pre-1981 maps and books, though they are avail able for in-room view ing. Other items in­clude star charts from the early 1900s. Stu dents can com pare the skies from 100 years ago to today’s skies and see the same con stel la tions.

Cur rently, the map room of fers a dig i tal col lec tion of the San born Fire In sur ance maps. These in cred i bly de tailed maps of New Hamp shire towns get right down into the nitty gritty de tails, spec i fy ing what build ings were made of, how big their fire hoses were, the num ber of watch men the build ings had and much more.

Classes in the his tory and gov ern ment de part ments fre quent the map room, and urban eco­nom ics classes have been known to use the Cen sus data col lec tion.

For stu dents in need of scan ning and print ing large items, the map room of fers a large-scale printer and scan ner. Scan ning is free, though prints will run you a few bucks.

That’s just a small sam pling of the trea sures hid den within the walls of the Evans Map Room!

A lit tle more about the map room from the (Alumni Mag a zine)[http://​dartmouthalumnimagazine.​com/​map-quest/​]




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