May 22, 2022

Work on NYPL Historical GIS Project Proceeding Faster than Planned, More than 7700 Maps Already Online

Kudos and Congrats to the NYPL GIS project team!

From a NYPL Blog Post by Matt Knutzen:

In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library a three year grant, the New York City Historical Geographic Information Systems project, building digital cartographic resources from our historical paper map and atlas collections.


In the proposal we committed to scanning 9,000 maps, but were ultimately funded to image 7,200 maps. Work has proceeded much faster than anticipated however, enabling us to scan and mount 7,799 new maps so far. An additional 9,327 metadata records have been created for related collections such as all of New York City’s zoning maps (a bibliography of such maps can be found at the bottom of this great post, or in this .doc file), dating to 1916, most of our public domain fire insurance atlases of areas outside of the city in New York and New Jersey and our entire run of historical and contemporary New York state topographic maps. If the pace of imaging

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