Distributed January 5, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis



Through May 1

John Carter Brown Library to host early New England map exhibition
The John Carter Brown Library will host an exhibition spotlighting historic maps of New England to coincide with its publication of a new reference book, New England in Early Printed Maps, 1513-1800: An Illustrated Carto-Bibliography.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The John Carter Brown Library will host a new exhibition spotlighting historic New England maps, beginning February 1 and continuing through May 1, 2001.

Titled New England in Early Maps, 1513-1800, the exhibition highlights the Library’s planned publication in March of a new reference book, New England in Early Printed Maps, 1513-1800: An Illustrated Carto-Bibiography, which will document – map by map and year by year – the history of the mapping of New England to 1801. The publication includes 455 illustrations and descriptions of approximately 800 maps. It was compiled by Barbara B. McCorkle, former curator of maps for Yale University Library, and has been more than five years in the making.

The exhibition, curated by Susan Danforth of the John Carter Brown Library, will include originals of many of the maps featured in this new book. It will be on display in the library’s MacMillan Reading Room.

Publication of New England in Early Printed Maps will also be marked by an exhibit this month at the Boston Public Library. In addition, Richard Helgerson of the University of California at Santa Barbara will deliver the John Carter Brown Library’s annual Sonia Galletti Lecture – Maps and Folly in Renaissance Europe – Feb. 12, 2001, at 5:30 p.m. at the John Carter Brown Library, located on The College Green at the corner of Brown and George Streets.

The John Carter Brown Library, located at Brown University since 1901, is an independently funded and administered center for advanced research in history and the humanities. It sponsors fellowships, lectures, conferences and public exhibitions to facilitate and encourage use of its outstanding collection of printed materials about the Americas from 1493 to 1830. For further information about the Library, visit online at www.JCBL.org. For additional information about the exhibition, call (401) 863-9030.

Editors: A digital illustration from the exhibition is available from the News Service.

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