American Memory: Technical summary
The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and
Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero
views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities
portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not
generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual
buildings, and major landscape features in perspective. The bulk of the
U.S. and Canadian cities documented in this grouping were done by Albert
Ruger, Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler, Lucien R. Burleigh, Henry Wellge, and
Oakley H. Bailey who prepared more than fifty-five percent of this set.
- Source collection
- Grouping described in the book Panoramic Maps of Cities in the
States and Canada, second edition (1984), by John R. Hebert and Patrick
LCCN for book:
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- Technical features
- High resolution color images of bird's-eye maps; combine pictorial
and cartographic aesthetic.
- Original material formats
- Number of original items
- ca. 1,000 (final), ca. 600 in December 1997, items added each month.
- Status of collection
- Available online.
- Public access
- The Library is not aware of any
restrictions that inhibit public access to items in this
See notes on rights and
restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.
Aids to intellectual access
- Type & granularity
- MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
bibliographic display in American Memory.
- Linking to digital reproductions
- Bibliographic record contains identifier used in filenames for all
versions of image.
Total file-space for digital reproductions:
500 Gbytes (estimated final).
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