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Cartographical References

Sharon Rodgers
E-mail address: syr@world.std.com

These are the things that I have used to create a small series of maps to accompany my dissertation.

Reference Materials

Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay
, I-XVII Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1869-1910, passim.

Essential reference for understanding boundary line alterations.
Also see volume 21 for town charters and boundary descriptions, 1691-1714. Contains a few references to perambulation guidelines in volume 1.

Akagi, Roy Hidemichi. The Town Proprietors of the New England Colonies ... Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1963.

Atwood, Stanley B. The Length and Breadth of Maine. Augusta, Maine: Kennebec
Journal Print Shop, 1946; reprinted as Maine Studies, no. 96, Orno, Maine: University of Maine, 1973.

Barry, Ann P., comp. Connecticut Towns and Their Establishment. Hartford: Connecticut: Connecticut State Library, 1985.

Batchelor, Albert Stillman, ed. Laws of New Hampshire, II (Province Period, 1702- 1745). Concord, New Hampshire: State of New Hampshire, 1913,790-794.

Canada, [Department of Fisheries and Oceans]. Des Barres: Hydrographer, Cartographer, Founder, 1985 [11 page pamphlet].

Douglass, William. Summary, Historical and Political of the First Planting, progressive Improvements, and present State of the British Settlements in North-America, 2 vols. Passim. New York, Amo Press, 1972.

This was a particularly useful source of information.

"Extracts from Decisions on the Northern Boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, By George II. Of England," Documentary History of the State of Maine. Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Second Series, VIII: Farnham Papers, 1698- 1871,47-49.

Felt, Joseph B. Statistics of Towns in Massachusetts. Collections of the American Statistical Association, I, 1 (1893).

A very useful reference.

Grant, W.L. and Munro, James, eds. Acts of the Privy Council of England. Colonial Series, A.D. 1720-1745, III. Hereford: Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, 1910, 445-47,592-601.

Guzzi, Paul, comp. Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities, and Towns in Massachusetts. Boston: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1975.

A very helpful reference.

Kershaw, Gordon E. The Kennebeck Proprietors, 1749-1775. Somersworth, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Publishing Company and the Maine Historical Society, 1975.

Library of Congress. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, with Bibliographical Notes, [editions have been updated periodically since 1909].

Lindberg, Marcia W., ed. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. Second Edition. Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1985.

National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Distances between United States Ports, 1987.

Despite the geological shifting that has occurred over time, still a useful reference for approximating relationships and distances between locations.

New York Public Library. Dictionary Catalog of the Map Division. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1971.

New York Public Library. "Some Biographical and Bibliographical Notes on the Atlantic Neptune.. ." Unpublished handout, n.d.

Sellers, John R. and Van Ee, Patricia Molen, comps. Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789: A Guide to the Collections of the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1997.

Shurtleff, Nathaniel B. A Topographical and Historical Description of Boston. Boston: Boston City Council, 1871.

Smith, Jonathan. "The Massachusetts and New Hampshire Boundary Line Controversy, 1693-1740," Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, XLIII, 2 (November 1909), 77-88.

Thwing, Annie Haven. The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston, 1630- 1822. Boston: Marshall Jones Company, 1920.

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston: A Topographical History. Second edition, enlarged. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 1968.

Guides to Cartographic Presentation

Biegeleisen, J. I. and Cohn, Max Arthur. Silk Screen Techniques. New York: Dover Publications, 1958.

Chijiiwa, Hideaki. Color Harmony... Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1987.

Imhof, Eduard. Cartographic Relief Presentation. Edited by H. J. Steward. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1982.

"The History and Technique of Map Making," Bowker Lectures on Book Publishing. New York: The Typophiles, 1943.

Tooley, R. V. Maps and Map-Makers. Seventh Edition. London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., - 1987.

Tufte, Edward R. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 1990.

Wood, Dennis. The Power of Maps. New York: The Guildford Press, 1992.

Maps and Atlases

Des Barres, Joseph J. W. Atlantic Neptune, Published for the use of the Royal Navy of Great Britain by Joseph J W Des Barres, Esq. Under the Direction of the Right Honorable Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 1780.

Maps and charts cover Nova Scotia, New England, the River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, and New York south to the Mississippi River. Published several times and in different versions from ca. 1774.

Can be viewed as loose leaves in the New York Public Library (Division of Art, Prints and Photographs), at Princeton University (Rare Book and Manuscript Department) and at the Library of Congress (Geography and Map Division). All 3 institutions offer a variety of alternatives for securing reproductions.

Bonner, John. "The Town of Boston in New England," 1722 (New York Public Library).

Burgis, Will. "Map of Boston," 1728 (New York Public Library).

Faden, William. "Map of Massachusetts," ca. 1755. The North American Atlas ... London, 1777.

Homans, John Baptist. "Nova Anglia," 1638 (New York Public Library).

Jefferys, Thomas. "A Map of the Inhabited Part of New England Containing the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire with the Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island... ," 1755 (New York Public Library).

Lea, Philip [in Cheapside, London]. "A New Map of New England, New York, New Jarsey, Pensilvania, Maryland, and Virginia," 1710. (New York Public Library)

Massachusetts. Massachusetts Archives, Third Series map collection

n.a. "A New Mapp of New England from Cape Cod to Cape Sables," [1692] (New York Public Library).

Pelham, Henry. "A Plan of Boston in New England with Its Environs ...," 1777 (New York Public Library).

Prince, William. "A New Plan ofye Great Town of Boston in New England in America ..." 1769 (New York Public Library).

Seller, John. "A Mapp of New England," 1675 and 1677 (New York Public Library).

Southack, Cyprian. "A Map of the Coast of New England from Staten Island to the Island of Breton," ca. 1720 (New York Public Library).

Speed, John. "A Map of New England and New York," 1676. (New York Public Library)


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