to UTA Libraries
a Dallas-based company specializing in the creation and publishing of
city maps for the past 50 years, has designated UTA's Virginia Garrett
Cartographic History Library as the company's archives.
Mapsco has begun transferring its historical maps and records to UTA so
the University can preserve, catalog and provide public access to them.
Also, the company has made a cash donation to create a cartographic history
laboratory on campus.
The laboratory, a joint project of the History Department, Center for
Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography, UTA Libraries
and Distance Education Center, will digitize maps as large-format, high
resolution iMagazinees and distribute them in multiple formats.
"The laboratory will play a vital role in UTA's efforts to educate
students about cartography and cartographic history at the undergraduate
and graduate levels," said Gerald Saxon, associate director of libraries.
The Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library is a national resource
containing more than 6,000 maps dating from the late 15th century and
boast more than 2,000 historical atlases and geographies. The Mapsco archives
will enhance the University's collection of 20th century maps in particular
and recognize Mapsco as an innovator of cartographic products during the
Mapsco formally presented its archives to the University in October, and
the UTA Libraries exhibited material and artifacts from the collection