University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee library houses historic map collection
10:28 PM, Jun 14, 2018
You can travel all around the world searching for the greatest, most significant historical maps of our time, but we found a really cool collection of rare maps right here on the campus of UW- Milwaukee.
Maintaining that many maps became too expense and a nationwide search began for a new home.
"There were delegations that went back and forth between AGS and UWM and the AGS said yes UWM is going to be the best place and they have proven that they would be good stewards of this collection," said Bidney.
It's not just the AGS collection that thrives. The library has its own collection of old maps of Milwaukee dating back to the late 1800's known as the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.
"They give us precise detail of the city," said Bidney.
The university has digitized more than 800 of those maps and stitched them together with the help of UWM graduates like Belle Lipton for people to use online.
You can take a current landmark like the Bucks old arena and compare it to what was there more than 100 years ago which is critical information for researchers or genealogy fans.