Series - Maps

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  • 1900-2009 (Creation)

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ca. 250 maps

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Collection consists of maps with geographical coverage with concentration in the interior regions of British Columbia, and more occasional coverage of the BC-Alberta border, Yukon Territory, Washington State, and the rest of Canada and North America.
The majority of the maps are issued by a municipal, provincial or federal authorities, with various administrative departments credited with creation, most commonly the BC Department of Lands and Forests (with variations in name across administrations) and the Canadian Department of Mines and Technical Surveys (likewise with variations in name across administrations). Others can be considered as souvenir or novelty maps.
Most maps originating with government authorities are topographical, with the most common scale being 1:126,720 generally conforming to Universal Transverse Mercator Projection or Polyconic Projection standards where projections are explicitly indicated. Other prominent document types are mineral claim maps, placer gold maps, geological maps, tree farm and survey maps, soil type and water draining maps, and agricultural maps.

A considerable corpus of maps consists of Examination Sketches from the BC Department of Lands and Forests, and those originating in municipal administration are largely concerned with zoning, land ownership (lots), and real estate.

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Maps are currently housed in two locations: 1., box 20 is filled exclusively with cartographic material and 2., a suite of 19 map tubes, each containing between 4 and 19 maps.

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The maps currently rolled up in tubes were rehoused to this location at the time of monetary appraisal, and were moved to accommodate the fact that they were previously rolled. The maps in box 20 are folded. Conservation efforts are needed for the folded maps, should it be decided (pending future research) that they represent an asset that merit long- term conservation.

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Created 2015-06-22 by Paige Hohmann

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