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Meeting of Frontiers

The Library of Congress has a section on its website called the University of Alaska Fairbanks: Maps, which happens to be a digitized collection of maps of Alaska and the polar regions from the Rare Map Collection at the Rasmuson Library. The website is in both Russian and English. The maps range in age from 16th century speculative map making to the era of the gold rush, and provide a good look at what mapmakers' and explorers' (mis)perceptions were about the region. In the middle of the page is the link, "Browse Collections" which goes to the list of the maps in the digital collection. Although some of the map titles are in French, especially in the first part of the list, once the visitor clicks on the title and is taken to the details about the map and the actual map itself, the translated title is given. Additionally, the author/geographer of the map is indicated under the title, and if this name is highlighted and underlined, it can be clicked on to see all the other maps in the digitized collection by that same author/geographer. Clicking on the image of the map will allow the visitor to choose the size of the map they want to see. The images are high-quality, and can be navigated in more detail as well.
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