NSCC W. K. Morrison Special Collection

This Collection was donated to NSCC COGS by Walter Morrison, Cartographer Emeritus of COGS who was interested in antique maps as an illustration of the evolution of map making technology. It is a mixed media print collection of historical maps, atlases, periodicals and books that is focused on the early mapping of Atlantic Canada and specifically Nova Scotia. There are over 2000 items in the print collection; we invite you to follow us as we grow our digital collection.


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PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 7]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 7]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "North Shore Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 8]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 8]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Headwaters of Margaree River Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 9]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 9]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "South Cheticamp Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Cape Breton County (Glace Bay Sheet) [Sheet No. 135]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Cape Breton County (Glace Bay Sheet) [Sheet No. 135]
Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled by C. O. Senécal, from surveys by C. Robb, 1872-74, Hugh Fletcher, 1871-74, and 1895-97, and from plans of Dominion Coal Co."; Geologically surveyed by C. Robb 1872-74 and H. Fletcher 1872-74 and 1895-97".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Cape Dauphin Sheet) [Sheet No. 133]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Cape Dauphin Sheet) [Sheet No. 133]
Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled from Sydney Coal-field sheet 1875-76 with additions and corrections to 1898"; Geologically surveyed by C. Robb 1872-74 and H. Fletcher 1872-74 and 1895-97".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Sydney Sheet) [Sheet No. 134]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Sydney Sheet) [Sheet No. 134]
Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled from Sydney Coal-field sheet 1875-76 with additions and corrections to 1898"; Geologically surveyed by C. Robb 1872-74 and H. Fletcher 1872-74 and 1895-97".
Part of the Tropical DISCOVERIES of the Resolution Sloop, Captain J. Cook in 1774, Referred to in p. ng.
Part of the Tropical DISCOVERIES of the Resolution Sloop, Captain J. Cook in 1774, Referred to in p. ng.
Map of present day New Caledonia and Vanuata from James Cook's second Voyage on the Resolution. Dotted line indicates ship track., Coordinates and scale calculated from graticule and scale bar. Vanuata approximates 1.5 degrees of map in WGS.
Parte Orientale del Canada, Nuova Scozia Settentrionale, e Parte di Labrador
Parte Orientale del Canada, Nuova Scozia Settentrionale, e Parte di Labrador
Uses the Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is not indicated on plate and is calculated based upon measurement of increment of latitude, and rounded from 1:2038068.
Particular Draughts and Plans of some of the Principal Towns and Harbours belonging to the English, French, and Spaniards, in AMERICA and WEST INDIES
Particular Draughts and Plans of some of the Principal Towns and Harbours belonging to the English, French, and Spaniards, in AMERICA and WEST INDIES
Relief shown pictorially. Depths shown by soundings. "No. 105" lower left corner., The 13 maps on this sheet (from upper left to lower right) are: 1. A draught of Boston Harbour 2. The harbour of Placentia 3. A plan of the town and harbour of Louisbourg in the island of Cape Breton taken from the French on June 17, 1745 by the New England men under the command of General Pepperell, assisted by the Britsh Fleet commanded by Admiral Warren 4. The Harbour of Annapolis Royal 5. A draught of New York and Perthamboy Harbour 6. Harbour of St. Augustine 7. The harbour of Providence 8. The town and harbour of Charles Town in South Carolina 9. The Havana 10. Bay of St. Jago de Cuba 11. Fort Royal in Martinico 12. A plan of the town and harbour of Cartagena 13. A plan of the harbour town and forts of Porto Bello when taken by Admiral Vernon on Nov'r 22'd 1739 with 6 ships only
Partie de l'Amérique septent? qui comprend LA NOUVELLE FRANCE ou le CANADA
Partie de l'Amérique septent? qui comprend LA NOUVELLE FRANCE ou le CANADA
Uses the Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale bar uses nautical miles and nautical leagues as units of measure and was compared with a secondary calculation by increment of latitude to derive the scales., Inset map: Supplement pour les lacs du Canada
Plan of DUNKIRK, with the Canal of MARDICK, as they were in 1757
Plan of DUNKIRK, with the Canal of MARDICK, as they were in 1757
Map shows Dunkirk's state of military readiness during the Seven Years' War. In America, this was called the French and Indian War. Map depicts in details canal made in 1754 and the Old Citadel designated for a New Town. Canals named: Canal of Furnes, Cana of the Moer or Croomdyke, Canal of Burgues, Canal of Bourburg or Omers, Canal of Mardick. Forts etched are: The Bisban, two for protecting the Road (the bay called Dunkirk Road). Detailed etchings of building locations, fortifications. Canal and bay depth is numerical and in fathoms. One ship wreck is noted as is the Low Water Mark., Map of Dunkirk, located on the North coast of France. The Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information at graticule. One scale bar in British Fathoms. Map georeferenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
Plan of EMDEN
Plan of EMDEN
Two maps of the City of Emden, Located in German, on the German Ocean. The top map is a plan layout of the city. The Bottom Map (B) is a layout of the Harbour into Emden., The prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. Both maps read with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bars on the second map, one in German miles, the other in English miles. Both maps were referenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
Plan of Fort Frederick at Crown Point
Plan of Fort Frederick at Crown Point
Plan and description of fortifications by the French serving as a buffer between the British position at Lake George and the other forts. Plan at top of page details the fort and map on lower part of page is keyed referencing lakes, rivers, and creek as well as the location General Johnson defeated the French. The dotted line represents the route of the French., Map of Fort Frederick, located at the Northern Tip of Lake George, Crown Point, Vermont. Map reads with North facing to the top left corner of the map. Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule on the map. Scale was determined by measuring from the bottom left corner of the fort to the top right corner of the fort. Bottom Map is a poor representation of Lake George to the Southern tip of Lake Champlain.
Plan of the BATTLE of THORNHAUSEN from the Original Published at Hanover by Order of the REGENCY
Plan of the BATTLE of THORNHAUSEN from the Original Published at Hanover by Order of the REGENCY
Map depicts army line positions and direction of advancement at Thornhausen, on the plain of Minden, Westphalia during the Seven Years War, August 1, 1759, where the Allied army commanded by Prince Ferdinand-Brunkswick-Wolfenbuttle was victorious over the French Army., A map of the Battle of Thornhausen, In Germany (Severn Years War 1756 to 1763) Prime meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. The map reads with North facing to the left of the map. Scale was determined by measuring between Minden and Petershagen.
Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBURG; shewing that part of the GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
Plan of the City & Harbour of LOUISBURG; shewing that part of the GABARUS BAY in which the English landed, also their Encampment during the Siege in 1745
Inset: A Map of the Island of Cape Breton., The Scale is in English miles. Interestingly there is a graticule for the inset, but not the map itself. The coloring is modern and not contemporary to the publication of the map. The inset uses London as the prime meridian.

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