About this Site

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is a project of the Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. It has been prepared with the support of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web site or its CD-ROM version do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional support has been provided by the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), the Mr. and Mrs. Martin D. Jahn Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Allen H. Meyer.

The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library and educational institution dedicated to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge in the humanities. As one of the world's leading repositories of a broad range of books and manuscripts relating to the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas, the Library's mission is to acquire and preserve research collections of such materials, and to provide for and promote their effective use by a diverse community of users. As a library the Newberry is dedicated to the highest standards of collection preservation and bibliographic access; as a research and educational institution, it is committed to facilitating research, teaching, and publication in an atmosphere of full and free intellectual injury.

The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center, founded in 1972, supports the mission of the Newberry Library as it relates to the field of the history of cartography. In keeping with this mission, the Center pursues two collateral objectives. First, it seeks to advance knowledge of the history of cartography, defined as the history of creation, use, and interpretation of maps and the relationship between mapping and other facets of human history. Second, the Center aims to promote the use of the Library's cartographic collections by scholars, educators, and the general public. The Center fulfills these goals through conferences, exhibitions, fellowships, institutes, lectures, publications, seminars, consultations, and workshops.

Web design and implementation for Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is by
Xeno Media, Inc., La Grange, Illinois.

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is dedicated to memory of Tina Reithmaier.


Newberry Library Staff
Dr. James R. Akerman, Director, The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography
Susan Hanf, Program Assistant
Tina Reithmaier, Research Associate
Drin Gyuk, Director of Information Technology
Dr. Mark Johnston, Director of Information Technology
Dr. Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Curator of Special Collections
Patrick Morris, Map Cataloguer and Reference Specialist

Lesson Plan Consultants
Judith K. Bock, Lake Villa, Illinois, School District No. 41.
Jesse Markow, Educational Testing Service
Dr. Mark Newman, National-Louis University
Dr. Christian Nokkentved, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Project Advisors
Dr. Gerald A. Danzer, University of Illinois at Chicago
Celeste Fraser, Whereabouts, Inc.
Barbara McCarry, O.S.B., Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Barbara Winston, Northeastern Illinois University

We would like to thank the following educators who provided feedback on the preliminary version of the site in 2002 and 2003.

Duncan G. Aspinwall-Winter Hilton Head High School Hilton Head, SC
Diane Brugge Bettendorf High School  Bettendorf, IA 
Jenel Chang  Gunburn School  Gunburn, ND 
Glen Devine Hudson Middle School Hudson, FL
S. Marie Erline Batto Country Public Schools Towson, MD
Patrick Fagersten The Latin School Chicago, IL
Wendy FitzHenry Trinity Lutheran School Bend, OR
Paul LaChance University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario
Karen Law Summit High School Arlington, TX
Patricia Maxwell Rugby Middle School Hendersonville, NC
John M. McDonald George Washington High School Chicago, IL
Tom Mueller California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
Rich Nolan McCormick Junior High School Cheyenne, WY
Barbara A. Pinelli-McDonald South Plainfield Middle School South Plainfield, NJ
Dianne Sohm New Start Flagstaff, AZ
Joe Spendlove Twin Peaks Salt Lake City, UT
Leigh Waldrep Crown Point Elementary School Matthews, NC
Janet Wehner Brownsville Road Memphis, TN

Permissions and Fair Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, a reproduction can be made so long as it is not “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” All of the material on this site is provided for educational purposes only. Site users who employ these resources for purposes in excess of “fair use” may be prosecuted for copyright infringement.

We have made every effort to provide full citations for all of the historical images and texts on this site. Should your educational use of the site include reproducing these materials, please credit the materials as indicated and Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms (www.newberry.org/k12maps).

The curator’s notes and lesson plans on this site constitute original work and can be reproduced only in accordance with the copyright law of the United States. Non-commercial sites are welcome to provide links to our home page (www.newberry.org/k12maps).

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