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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MAP OF INDEPENDENT TARTARY Containing THE COUNTRIES OF THE KALMUKS and UZBEKS, with the TIBET
MAP OF INDEPENDENT TARTARY Containing THE COUNTRIES OF THE KALMUKS and UZBEKS, with the TIBET
Looking closely at this map reveals intersting notations used by Dunn to refer to groups of people or geographical features/regions. Some examples include: "Siah Pushes or Black-Clothes People"; "Ruins of Serai". There seem to be very few places named on the map in use today.
MAP OF PART OF THE DOMINION LANDS WEST OF MANITOBA
MAP OF PART OF THE DOMINION LANDS WEST OF MANITOBA
Published by the Department of Agriculture for the Information of Intending Settlers, January 12th, 1882. Areas of the map show prospective property grids of approximately 10 sq. km further divided into 36 plots of land. It also shows the locations of First Nations reserves.
MAP OF THE CITY OF HALIFAX
MAP OF THE CITY OF HALIFAX
Includes a list of significant buildings and locations in the city.
MAP OF THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY
MAP OF THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY
This map was apparently copied from Morse's American Geography. However because there are no notes on the map and the north eastern boundary between the United States and British North America (specifically New Brunswick and Quebec) had been under negotiation at various times since 1783 we can't determine which edition of American Geography it was copied from. The topic of the north eastern boundary would have been of interest at this time as it was finally resolved in 1842., Bottom center, outside the neat lines: Morse's American Geography.
MAP of Germany and Sweden, &c.
MAP of Germany and Sweden, &c.
Woodcut map of Germany and Scandinavia with a legend indicating key locations and rivers., The quality is such that precise georeferencing is almost impossible.
MAP of ITALY
MAP of ITALY
Woodcut map of Italy showing its regions., Prime Meridian determined to be Ferro (El Hierro). Map referenced reasonably well.
MAP of that Part of WESTPHALIA in which the French Army where Defeated Aug. 1, 1759
MAP of that Part of WESTPHALIA in which the French Army where Defeated Aug. 1, 1759
Map showing part of Westphalia and other regions: Dutchy, Minden, Electorate, Hanover, Bishopric, Osnabruck, and Munster. Map of region where the French army was defeated in August 1759 during the Seven Years War., Map of Westphalia. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information and graticule. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map. There are two scale bars on the map; British Miles and German Miles.
MAP of the BLACK LEAD MINES &c. in CUMBERLAND
MAP of the BLACK LEAD MINES &c. in CUMBERLAND
Map of Cumberland, United Kingdom. Very interesting interpretations of Coins used in the area and time. Interesting Fish in the bottom left corner, "The Bourse"., Map reads with north facing to the left of the map. No graticule on the map makes it impossible to determine the Prime Meridian. There is a scale bar in miles at the bottom of the map. Map was tough to georeference, georeferenced with data aquired from USGS's Earth Explorer.
MAP of the DISTRICT of MAINE with NEW BRUNSWICK & NOVA SCOTIA
MAP of the DISTRICT of MAINE with NEW BRUNSWICK & NOVA SCOTIA
Geo-political boundaries outlined in color. Note the boundary between Maine and New Brunswick is straight. The US-Canada boundary issue would not be completely settled until the mid-1800's.
MAP of the NEW ROADS &c. from WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
MAP of the NEW ROADS &c. from WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
Map shows London Bridge, The Tower of London and Westminster, Kennington Common, Vauxhall Bridge, and Grange Road. Plan shows new road laid out across Lambeth and Southwark. Proposed roads are raised against flood as Lambeth is mostly marshland., Map of Lambeth area of London, United Kingdom. Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of graticule. Scale was determined by measuring from the South of the London Bridge to the South of the Westminster bridge. Map reads with North facing to the bottom of the map.
MAP of the Province of NOVA SCOTIA Including CAPE BRETON, Prince Edwards Island AND PART OF New Brunswick
MAP of the Province of NOVA SCOTIA Including CAPE BRETON, Prince Edwards Island AND PART OF New Brunswick
Includes a small inset map of Sable Island with the following note: "The N. W. end of the Isle of Sable bears from the Halifax or Sambro Light EbyS 125 miles distant." There are soundings present for most ports, harbours and straits and information on mail routes in the upper right. The outline color marks county and township boundaries and are very different from the present day boundaries. If you look closely there are interesting notes related to geography, navigation and tides. For example, the note over present day Inverness and Victoria counties reads "Land very little known".
MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the RHINE, and parts adjacent, in GERMANY
MAP of the SEAT of WAR on the RHINE, and parts adjacent, in GERMANY
Map of regions of Germany including Franconia and Thuringia and the Rhine River. The map title includes an etching of a crowned eagle., Map of the greater part of Germany. Prime Meridian is London. There are two scale bars on the map, one in English Miles, the other in Germany Miles. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.
MARQUISATE AND PLAN OF BERGEN OP ZOOM WITH THE FRENCH CAMP and ATTACKS
MARQUISATE AND PLAN OF BERGEN OP ZOOM WITH THE FRENCH CAMP and ATTACKS
Map depicting army encampments across Holland in 1747. French camps are clearly depicted in squares. City fortifications are clearly etched as are roads and army marching pathways. Very elaborate cartouche detailing churches, a canon, and barrels., Map of the Netherlands, Holland Diep. Prime meridian is unknown, due to lack of information and graticule. There are three scale bars on the map, depicted in English Miles, Dutch Mile and Half of a German Mile. Map reads with North facing to the top left hand corner.
MERCURY ORBIT CHART MOC-3
MERCURY ORBIT CHART MOC-3
The following note accompanies this map and is signed by Walter: "This chart was given to me September 20, 1995 by Dr. John E. Dornbach of Seabrook, Texas. This is one of the two charts carried by Col. John H. Glenn on the first U.S. manned orbital flight in the Project Mercury Gemini capsule Friendship 7, February 20, 1962. The three-orbit flight covered approximately 130,000 km. in 4 hours, 55 minutes. Dr. Dornbach was the person responsible for producing this chart for Aeronautical Chart and Information Center at that time. Later he was transferred to N.A.S.A. to produce the Lunar lander maps and ultimately became the Director of the Earth Resources branch at NASA. John Dornbach was a classmate of mine in the Geography Graduate School at Clark University, Worcester, Mass. in 1950-52. Walter K. Morrison."
Maine
Maine
Shows Maine counties and the boundary lines between Maine and British North America as determined by the 1783 Treaty of Paris and that claimed by the British.

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