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Historical Missouri Maps are Now Digitized

An Easy Click Takes You Back to Missouri Cities in the 1880s

Maps from 1880 to 1920 of Missouri Cities Are Now Digitalized at University of Missouri Library’s Website

By Kelsey Jackson

COLUMBIA, Mo. – With a quick computer search by city or street name, people can now study historical maps of every Missouri city between the years of 1883 to 1922 online at the University of Missouri’s Digital Library Web site.
Originally compiled and published by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company to assess the risk of insuring property, the 6,500 maps in the digitized Sanborn collection are drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. The maps include detailed information such as location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants and are color-coded to identify the construction material of each building.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Missouri State Library of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office gave the University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries a $16,208 grant to digitize and index the maps. The process took 18 months to complete. Now, people anywhere can see maps that were previously only available at the MU Libraries and Library of Congress. Plat books from Missouri counties that were produced by the government also are available at the library’s Web site.

“The maps are quite rare and those maps published before 1923 belong in the public domain,” said Michael Holland, head of special collection, archives and rare books at the MU Libraries. “Taken together, these maps reveal layers of change, allowing us to see the same area developed over time.”

People use the historical maps to research genealogy and historic buildings, to prove property rights and to study the history of a Missouri town, Holland said.

“Studying these maps really allows you to understand how a city grew,” Holland said. “They are historical records of the state and provide us with insight about some of the major land and property owners during that time. One of the remarkable aspects of these maps is their condition. The Library of Congress did a great job maintaining them and that makes a great deal of difference when examining the details of the maps. Sanborn maps published after 1922 through 1951 are available in hard copy at the MU Libraries’ Special Collections & Rare Book Department, but are not currently available online due to copyright restrictions.”

Founded in 2001, the University’s Digital Library has 20 text collections and 23 image collections including World War I sheet music, MU sports posters, and Victorian studio portrait photographs. Other items recently digitalized include the Missouri Alumnus, the MU alumni monthly magazine; The Savitar, the MU yearbook; and The Tiger Claw, the yearbooks of University High School at MU.

To view the maps, please visit: http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/.

home Resources and Services Ellis Library Exhibit, Art for the Books of Jane Yolen

Ellis Library Exhibit, Art for the Books of Jane Yolen

“From Easel to Page – The Illustrator’s Art for the Books of Jane Yolen” University of Missouri – Columbia, Ellis Library First Floor Colonnade, November 2 – December 2, 2007. Mon – Thurs 7:30 am to 2:00 am, Fri 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun noon – 2 am. Call (573)882-4391 for reduced hours during Thanksgiving Break. Jane Yolen will give a gallery talk on November 30 at 3:30 pm.

Exhibition Information:
Two art exhibits will open at the end of October in anticipation of an upcoming residency in Columbia by award-winning author Jane Yolen. A prolific fantasy and fairytale writer whose books are illustrated by many of today’s top illustrators, Yolen is lending a selection of the artwork from her personal collection for these exhibits. On October 30th, the Boone County National Bank will unveil fifteen illustrations in its Lobby Gallery. This exhibit titled “An Appeal to Childhood” will feature illustrations for some of Jane Yolen’s best loved picture books. Then, on the evening of November 1st, MU’s Ellis Library will present fifteen more illustrations coupled with the books in which they are featured in its Colonnade Gallery. This exhibit will feature art work paired with the finished book including several examples art by two illustrators for separate editions of the same work.

Contact: Mary Green, 573-443-3131, mary@kindcrone.com.

home Resources and Services Tale of Three Kates: Prostitution, Loyalty, and the Long Civil War

Tale of Three Kates: Prostitution, Loyalty, and the Long Civil War

Much has been written about Missouri’s Civil War guerillas, but what about the women who associated with them? In this talk Dr. Whites will explore the shady identity of one of those women, Kate King, the alleged “child bride” of William Clark Quantrill, the man most responsible for the sack of Lawrence, Kansas. The evidence would suggest that Civil War women like Kate King (aka: Kate Clark Quantrill, Kate Clark, Kate Edwards, Kate Bateson, Kate
Head) had their own ways of waging war.

Please join us for this fascinating lecture and discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 8, 1 p.m.

Ellis Library, 1st Floor Colonnade

For more information about the series, including a list of upcoming lectures, please visit http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/about/faculty-lecture-series/

home Resources and Services MU Librarian Recognized as an Emerging Leader

MU Librarian Recognized as an Emerging Leader

The University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries are pleased to announce that Wayne Sanders, a monograph and audiovisual cataloger and Head of the Monograph Catalog Unit at MU Libraries, has been selected for the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2008 Emerging Leaders Program. Sanders is one of 120 librarians from across the country chosen to participate in the program, which was created to prepare librarians for future professional leadership.

“We’re very proud that Wayne has been chosen for this honor, and is joining the ranks of the American Library Association’s next generation of leaders and professionals,” said Jim Cogswell, Director of MU Libraries.

Sanders joined MU Libraries in July 2006 as Monograph Catalog Librarian. He has prior experience in the Acquisitions and Catalog Departments of MU Libraries and in the Newspaper Library of the State Historical Society of Missouri. He has masters degrees in Library Science and Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in History and Anthropology.

Sanders is currently serving as the Chair of the Subject and Bibliographic Access Committee of the Anthropology and Sociology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. He also serves as a member of the Technical Services Systems Committee of the Systems and Services Section of the Library Administration and Management Association.

The Emerging Leaders Program will be launched in January, during ALA’s mid-winter meeting in Philadelphia. Participants will put their leadership skills to work by serving on an ALA or chapter committee, task force, working group or project team, with the goal of assuming future leadership roles in ALA, one of its divisions, or state chapters.

home Resources and Services Tixier’s Travels: The French and the Osage after the Louisiana Purchase

Tixier’s Travels: The French and the Osage after the Louisiana Purchase

In 1840 a young French medical student, amateur artist, and guest of the Chouteau family of St. Louis spent the summer living with the Osage Indians. Victor Tixier wrote vivid descriptions of the Osage Indians in his journal Voyage aux Prairies Osages . Dr. Lazzaro-Weis will discuss her work on the forthcoming scholarly edition of this work. Please join us for this fascinating lecture and discussion.
This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 24, 1:00 p.m.

Ellis Library, 1st Floor Colonnade

For more information about the series, including a list of upcoming lectures, please visit http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/about/faculty-lecture-series/

home Resources and Services Donna Brunet’s Photographs on Display in Bookmark Café

Donna Brunet’s Photographs on Display in Bookmark Café

As part of the MU Libraries’ ongoing exhibition of local artists in the Bookmark Café, Donna Brunet, an MU alum, will be displaying her work during the months of October, November, and December.

Donna Brunet received an M.A. in history from the University of Missouri – Columbia, writing her thesis on Charles Valentine Riley, Missouri State Entomologist in the 1800s. During that time, she worked in the photograph collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

She taught approximately 60 individuals in Columbia how to identify butterflies as part of a research project on butterfly gardens for a Masters degree in Wildlife at MU. She began taking butterfly photos since she needed copyright-free images to provide to volunteers. Suddenly her life-time interests in insects and photography came together.

It is Brunet’s hope that individuals viewing her images are moved to look more closely at wildlife living in their yards and neighborhoods and that they are inspired to improve the habitat in their yards for insects.

For more information about Donna Brunet’s work, you may contact her at donna@insectpix.com or visit http://insectpix.com .

For more information about the exhibits at Bookmark Café, please contact Delores Fisher at FisherD@missouri.edu .

home Resources and Services EndNote and Reference Manager now free to MU Students

EndNote and Reference Manager now free to MU Students

MU Campus has signed a site license to provide EndNote and Reference Manager free to MU Students and at a discount for Faculty and Staff. For more information see http://doit.missouri.edu/software/sales/endnote.html .

The Library has created an introduction on EndNote at http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/guides/paperassistance/endnote.mht (requires Internet Explorer) or download the PowerPoint presentation here http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/guides/paperassistance/endnote.ppt

home Resources and Services Miniature Book Society’s Traveling Exhibit Now at Ellis Library

Miniature Book Society’s Traveling Exhibit Now at Ellis Library

IMLS logoThe Miniature Book Society’s Traveling Exhibit presents a wide variety of miniature books along with photographs of collectors, designers and publishers. It also features books entered into last season’s Annual MBS Competition, “Distinguished Books” from previous competitions and other outstanding examples of contemporary miniature book publishing. This exhibit has been brought to Ellis Library in an effort to introduce contemporary miniature books to Mid-Missouri.

In addition, a collection of miniature books from Ellis Library’s Special Collections department has been assembled to display in accompaniment with the Miniature Book Society’s Traveling Exhibit. Books on display are children’s books, reference materials, art books, classic literature, and religious materials. While miniature books have been published as small as ¼” x ¼”, our smallest text on display is Holy Bible: contains a portion of the New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which measures 1.13″ x 1.5″. Books measure from this size to just over the Library of Congress limit for miniature books, at 4″, with Robert Burns’ Tam o’Shanter measuring 4.3″ x 3.5″. Also noteworthy is Special Collections’ oldest volume in this exhibit, written by Emperor Justinian I in 1667, Imperatoris Ivstiniani Institvtionvm Libri IV. Publication dates range 337 years, from Emperor Justinian’s work to contemporary art works, published as recently as 2004.

For more information about miniature books, or a list of Special Collections titles on display, please visit: http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/mini_index.htm, or call the Special Collections Reading Room at (573) 882-0076.

home Resources and Services MU Libraries Ensure Future Access to Electronic Journals

MU Libraries Ensure Future Access to Electronic Journals

Electronic access to journals is cost-effective and convenient, but as library collections become more electronic, the question of long-term future access to this material has arisen. MU Libraries has taken an important step to ensure that its users will always have access to its electronic journals by entering into an agreement with Portico, a not-for-profit service launched in 2005 that offers a permanent archive of electronic scholarly journals.

“Our relationship with Portico means that MU Libraries can continue to expand electronic access to information, which is increasingly the preferred format of our users, while also maintaining our traditional preservation function, which is vital to many researchers,” stated Jim Cogswell, Director of Libraries. “The libraries have dramatically increased online journal access for our users in the past year, and we now have subscriptions for over 8,000 Internet journals from the top science, medical, and social science publishers. The journals made available through Science Direct, Wiley InterScience, SpringerLink, and Sage will all be protected through the Portico service.”

Portico provides all libraries supporting the archive with campus-wide access to archived content when a publisher stops operation, ceases to publish a title, no longer offers back issues, or for some other reason the content is no longer available from the publisher or other source. To date, over 5,300 journals have been promised to the Portico archive, and over 175 libraries are participating in the archive. Portico is actively receiving content from publishers and is engaged in carefully converting this content to an archival format and depositing it into the Portico archive.

The MU Libraries serve a student body of 28,000 plus a faculty of 1,800, and have a collection of 3.2 million print volumes, 35,000 journal titles (in print or online) and 7.4 million microforms. With an annual budget of $12.5 million, the Libraries support the instruction, research, service, and economic development missions of the University of Missouri-Columbia. By acquiring scholarly resources, developing innovative services, and applying new information technologies, the MU Libraries fulfill their primary purpose: to serve users. MU Libraries Web site is at the following address:


home Resources and Services Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln Exhibit

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln Exhibit

The University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries is proud to be one of 63 libraries nationwide selected by the American Library Association to host Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation.

Forever Free is a traveling panel exhibit that reexamines President Lincoln’s efforts toward the abolition of slavery during the Civil War. Organized by The Huntington’s John Rhodehamel, Norris Foundation Curator of American Historical Manuscripts, the exhibit consists of reproductions of rare historical documents from The Huntington’s collections and those of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and draws on the latest scholarship in the field.

Please visit http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/about/events/foreverfree/ for more information.