Posted by: bluesyemre | July 24, 2013

Charting a map library’s transition to the digital age

Photo: Jaime Stoltenberg looking at maps


  • In stories, maps lead to treasure. But in real life, maps are the treasure. They reveal history, showing us how we once viewed our world, and help us understand the world as it exists now. And sometimes they hold mysteries of their own. On a sunny afternoon on the third floor of Science Hall, Jaime Stoltenberg is fielding a call from a geology professor at UW-Fox Valley looking for help deciphering the meaning of symbols on a map from the 1890s. In 2003, Stoltenberg took over the Robinson Map Library, founded with a collection of World War II maps belonging to well-known cartographer Arthur H. Robinson, who taught on campus from 1945 until his retirement in 1980.

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