Submitted by Chris Bourg on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:45.
Map collector David Rumsey has agreed to donate some 150,000 maps of the Americas, most of which were drawn between 1700 and 1925, to the Stanford University Libraries. The collection includes physical maps as well as digital images. The physical maps will be housed in the University Libraries' Special Collections, and the digital files will be preserved in Stanford's digital preservation archive. Digital images from Rumsey's collection can be viewed at the David Rumsey Map Collection. The collection includes such gems as a map showing the first depiction of the Rocky Mountains found folded into a first edition of Lewis and Clark's 1814 travel book chronicling their trek across the American West and an 1839 atlas showing Texas as an independent republic.
For more information about this amazing collection see the Stanford Report article Maps of Americas past, or visit the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections.
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Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 18:59.
I would like to look into the history of Stanford's involvement in human performance or athletics. Do you have any suggestions?
On the general topic of the history of Stanford athletics, a Searchworks search for "Stanford University Athletics" returns over 100 items in your results, including Champions: a century of Stanford sports : videorecording, 1991.
Another good source is the Human Performance Lab at the Stanford School of Medicine. You might even want to contact the lab to talk to someone about their history.
Finally, you can visit the University Archivist in Special Collections to discuss options for searching university archives and newspapers.
Submitted by email@example.com on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 14:22.
Is there a database or compilation that lists all countries that are former colonies of a European nation?
There is an encyclopedia in the Information Center, Colonialism: an international, social, cultural, and political encyclopedia, with chronologies, lists, and documentation. There is also a good Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism in the Information Center with two useful Appendices, one listing all the former colonies and their languages, and one giving a chronology. There is also a similar list on Wikipedia, which is pretty good if you just want a simple list broken down by region.