Amer­i­can Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety Li­brary

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

Locked in­side a fire­proof, wa­ter­proof cabi­net on the third floor of UW-Mil­wau­kee’s Golda Meir Li­brary is a large Ital­ian at­las drawn in 1478, mean­ing the maps roughly de­pict the world as un­der­stood by ex­plor­ers Christo­pher Colum­bus and Fer­di­nand Mag­el­lan upon their de­par­tures. This an­cient ar­ti­fact is one of about 16,000 at­lases held within the Amer­i­can Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety Li­brary (2311 E. Hart­ford Ave.), along with some 600,000 in­di­vid­ual maps, which can be viewed by ap­point­ment.

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