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Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University
Libraries collects, preserves and makes available nearly 1000 maps
that depict Kansas and the territory that would become Kansas spanning
nearly 500 years, from the 16th century to the late 20th century.
The nucleus of our map collection is the Robert W. Baughman collection
of early Kansas maps, a collection of 19th-century maps.
In 1961 Baughman showcased many of
his maps in the book, Kansas in Maps, published by the
Kansas State Historical Society, and considered to be the best published
work on Kansas maps.
and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries
acquired the Baughman collection of early Kansas maps in 1972.
Since then, the Department has focused on acquiring important maps
to strengthen the collection. Additionally, Edward N. Tihen,
M.D., donated his collection of Kansas maps which focuses especially
on Wichita, Sedgwick County and transportation systems.
In 2000, with the assistance
of grants from the Kansas Library Network Board and James C.
Mershon, M.D., the Department of Special Collections embarked on
selecting over 325 Kansas maps, dating from 1556 to 1900, for interactive
zoom viewing via the Internet. The maps were examined in detail
to prepare the metadata that accompanies each maps. Reference
works were consulted, providing scholarly depth to the descriptions.
Please consult Processing
notes for project methodology and specifications.
Please consult Technical
information for scanning methodology and specifications.