Friday, August 18, 2006

Historic Map Works

Seldom do I run across a website that makes me giddy with excitement. Historic Map Works managed to push me over the edge. Founder Charles Carpenter has begun digitizing his massive antique atlas collection, starting with town and county maps from ten states, mostly in the Northeast. Two cities—Portland, Maine, and New York City—receive in-depth treatment, with every borough, block, and ward presented in colorful (and searchable) detail. Many of the maps are of the sort loosely called "cadastral," giving the names of owners and occupants and showing the location and layout of buildings. Is it any wonder I'm excited?