Special Maps Exhibit at UVA

Starting today there will be a special maps exhibit in the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture building on U.Va.’s central Grounds (near Alderman library entrance). The exhibit will feature Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz’s extensive rare map collection of over 200 maps. Swartz is an Alumni Professor in the University of Rochester’s department of surgery, and he is a renowned cartographic historian. His collection consists of North American maps from 1500 to 1800.

According to UVA Today “included are one of the oldest maps to show the western hemisphere (1508), the first map to show Florida (Hernando Cortés’s 1524 map of Mexico City), and an 18th century map of the Ohio River Valley drawn by then-unknown surveyor George Washington.”

UVA officials also plan on dedicating a map room in Swartz’s honor. The Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz Map Room will be dedicated in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

If you’re in the area, come to UVA and check out the collection — admission is free.

Check out the Daily Progress for more information.

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