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Library of Congress Boosts Digital Public Library Database with Historic Maps

A portal that serves as a search engine into the collections of libraries, museums and archives around the country has struck a deal with the Library of Congress to share several of its historic map collections. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a non-profit organization funded by foundations and government agencies, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the nation’s de facto library to become a “content hub partner.”

Under the arrangement the Library of Congress will share three batches of map and chart records, one from the Revolutionary War, another from the Civil War, and the third from a “panoramic maps” collection depicting U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The DPLA allows users to search its index by timeline, map, format, subject or partner and provides users with links back to the original content site where he or she can view, read and sometimes download results.

Information for this post was taken from an article by Dian Schaffhauser in THE Journal, follow this link for more details.