Charting Western New York

Charting Western New York

Selections from the Drs. Ruth W. and Seymour I. Schwartz Collection
Rare Books & Special Collections
November 12, 2010 (All day) to July 25, 2011 (All day)

This exhibit showcases some of the earliest maps and drawings of Western New York and includes the first map printed in the colony of New York, dated 1723.

The print is one of more than 40 rare maps, prints, books, and copper engravings recently donated to the library's Rare Books and Special Collections Department by Dr. Seymour Schwartz. The Drs. Ruth W. and Seymour I. Schwartz Collection charts the 18th- and 19th-century development of Western New York from its days as the home of Native American tribes to its division into vast land tracks in the Phelps and Gorham Purchase to its emergence as a commercial shipping artery along the newly constructed Erie Canal.

Michael Powers (UR 2011), a history major, worked with Dr. Schwartz to prepare the exhibit of the rare maps as part of a library internship.

The exhibit is open through April 30, 2011, and can be viewed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.




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