Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

"The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present.

In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the collection, and makes its resources available to the public through its website, exhibitions, publications, lectures, and other programs.

The Center has a particular interest in developing innovative uses of maps and geographic materials to engage young people’s curiosity about the world, thereby enhancing their understanding of geography, history, world cultures, and citizenship."
  • Lesson Plans & Curriculum Units
    • Organized by:
      • Grade Level
        • Elementary School
        • Middle School
        • High School
      • Location
        • United States
      • Time Period
        • by 100 year increments
        • Current Events
      • Topics
        • American Revolution
        • Art and Maps
        • Civics and Government
        • Current Events
        • Empires and Imperialism
        • Exploration and Trade
        • Geography Matters
        • Learning with Maps
        • Math and Maps
        • Military Engagement
  • Map Activities
    • Solving Problems with Maps Booklet
      • Ages 5-10
  • Maps in the Classroom
    • "features maps selected from the larger collection, searchable by location and topic, that are particularly useful for K-12 educators. A number of these maps feature full descriptions and many are used in [our] lesson plans"
    • Location
      • North America (before 1776)
      • World (before 1700)
    • Topic
      • 19th Century European Imperialism
      • Age of Exploration
      • American Revolution
      • Westward Expansion of the US, 1800-1850
  • Professional Development
    • "All workshops expand educators’ views of the ways in which they can use maps, not simply to teach geography, but opening up the possibilities for using these resources as starting points for a variety of lessons in various subject areas."
  • Using our images
    • Downloading images from their website
    • Using Images in publications or commercially
    • Fees for Images
    • Form for using or requesting images
  • Web Resources
"a curated digital collection of maps and additional online resources related to the American Revolutionary War era, broadly defined as 1750-1800. The Portal is designed to provide wide-ranging access to primary source documents, and features a selection of the finest and most informative printed and manuscript maps from public and private collections in the United States and Great Britain. Nearly 2,000 maps are currently available in the Portal; new partners and their collections will continue to be added."
Organized By:
  • Location
  • Publisher
  • Subject
  • Author
  • Date
  • Projection
Small Selection of Maps Available:
  • Back to School: Geography in the Classroom
    • September 2014-Spring 2015
    • View the:
      •  Exhibition
      • Map Collection
      • Suggested Reading Lists
      • Exhibition Credits
      • Bibliography
  • Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune 
    • May 2013- November 2013
    • View the:
      • Exhibition Part One: Atlantic Canada
      • Exhibition Part Two: New England to the West Indies
      • Map Collection
      • Suggested Reading Lists
      • Exhibition Credits
      • Bibliography
  • Journeys of the Imagination
    • March 2006- August 2006
    • Map Elements
      • Projection
      • Orientation
      • Scale
      • Symbols
    • Map Makers
      • Bias and Point of View
    • Maps in Time
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