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Gary E. and Janet J. Venable Antiquarian Atlas & Map Collection

Scope and Contents

The Venable Collection documents the history of cartography, geography, and exploration from the sixteenth through the early twentieth century. Materials in the collection include maps on loose sheets, bound atlases, textbooks, and works on geography. Over 150 single-sheet maps provide examples of the work of noted cartographers such as Abraham Ortelius, Willem Blaeu, Thomas Kitchin, and John Speed.

Holdings: 163 single-sheet maps; 79 bound atlases

Collection Details and Conditions of Use

The collection is open to all researchers. Use is governed by Special Collections policies


The collection is in the process of being fully catalogued and described. Provisional finding aids are available: