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A selection of maps from the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library. Taken from its Arthur J. Gutman and Starin collections, this selection consists of 18 maps of Maryland, including a 1631 map of the colony before it received its name and a rare 1878 map of a proposed Chesapeake and Delaware Canal that never was built.

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Collection Location: Maryland Room, Talbot County Free Library

1676 handcolored map of Virginia and MarylandCollection Overview: From the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library come a selection of 12 maps from its Arthur J. Gutman Collection and 6 maps from its Starin Collection. This selection of Maryland maps, which covers its Proprietary, Early Colonial, and Post-Colonial periods from the years 1631 to 1878, includes a map of Maryland before it received its name and a rare map of a proposed Chesapeake and Delaware Canal via the Sassafras River that was never built.

The Gutman Collection was donated by Arthur J. Gutman, a native Baltimorean who was born in 1911 and graduated Baltimore City College High School in 1928. His donation in 1999 helped the Talbot County Free Library attain the most complete Maryland map collection on the Eastern Shore.

The Starin Collection consists of maps of Maryland, especially of the Eastern Shore, and is named for Mary E. Starin, who in the 1960s was curator of the Maryland Room and first cataloguer of its collections of books and papers. In 1968 she oversaw and contributed to the publication of a book about the collections entitled Guardian of Our Maryland Heritage: The Maryland Room, Talbot County Free Library.

These maps show Maryland from its earliest founding to its 19th century boundaries. And although Maryland's boundaries have changed since these maps were published, they provide an interesting glimpse into its history.


Related Material:

Books

Papenfuse, Edward C. & Coale, Joseph M., III. The Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Websites

David Rumsey Map Collection at http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/.

Maryland State Archives Charts and Maps Used by the Early Settlers of Maryland at http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/educ/exhibits/html/mpt.html.

Maryland State Archives Reference and Research. Special Collections - Map Collections at http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=maps.

Maryland State Archives Charting the Chesapeake at http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc2200/sc2269/html/cartographers.html.

 
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