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Mapping NYC


We've updated the Map Division's Google Earth index to digitized NYC map collections to include more than 2000 maps from 32 titles, organized chronologically and geographically (by borough), all published between 1852 and 1923. The map index (download .kmz file) requires installation of Google Earth on your computer. There are three recommended ways to search for maps using this tool.

1. Select a borough and vintage using the folders from the list on the left sidebar.

2. Double click the map to fly to your chosen location, then use the time slider at the top left of the map frame to narrow the chronological search scope.

3. Enter a street address in the "fly to" search box, then use the time slider. Once you've located a historical map coverage, scroll your mouse over the area and click. A popup window will allow you to access bibliographic information and a digital copy of the historical map.

Happy surfing. 


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I'd love to try this new

I'd love to try this new tool, but Google Earth requires administrator privileges to install.

You can request a work order

You can request a work order to have it installed. In the coming months, we're going to have the application embedded somewhere on the NYPL website. I'll post again once that happens.

Hey Matt, nice work! This

Hey Matt, nice work! This really looks great. I put a link to your post in the CUL Spatial Blog. Would you mind if we put the KMZ file in the spatial data catalog? I'd like to make sure people at Columbia know about this.

Jeremiah, By all means put a

Jeremiah, By all means put a link to the post.

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