Announcing a Special Presentation of Historical Maps on November 5th

October 24, 2015 | Richard

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 Historical Maps From Around the World: 1500s to 1950s

Are you fascinated by maps? Is cartography your passion? And would you like to view and find out more about the maps held in the collections of the Toronto Reference Library?

This is a unique opportunity to experience some treasures. The Special Collections Department, along with Humanities and Social Sciences, are joining forces to assemble a representative and noteworthy display of maps, atlases, and other cartographic materials, from all over the world, covering the period from 1500 to 1950, a 450-year span!

First printed map of the North Pole, originally published in 1595.

Let librarians Joanna and Kathleen be your tour guides on a cartographic journey showing you a vast range of interesting examples - the beautiful, the fanciful, and the functional - permanently available for you to consult on the 5th and 2nd Floors.

Our librarians will be providing commentary, facilitating discussion, and taking questions about the map collection and services: ways of access, finding aids, size, uses, versions in the Digital Archive, etc. etc.


A map of the North Pole with all the territories that lye near it, known to us &c according to the latest discoveries, and most exact observations agreeable to modern history (sic) 

Where: In the Beeton Auditorium on the first floor at TRL, 789 Yonge Street (Yonge & Bloor).

When: Thursday November 5, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

How: It is preferred that you register in advance by calling 416 393-7209

This Event is Free and All are Welcome

  Of Related Interest: Research Guide to Toronto Maps Online