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Barnstable County Atlas, 1910, now online!

We are really tickled to learn about a new resource today and want to share the exciting news:  The State Library has scanned many of their old real estate atlases and posted them online for the public to view, and one of them is the Barnstable County Atlas, published in 1910! The Falmouth Public Library also owns a copy of this very useful and interesting atlas, but it has been out of the building for a while getting repaired and scanned with other local reference materials.  We have missed being able to show it to our patrons doing research.  Well, now anyone can view the atlas online, as well as many other atlases from Massachusetts communities, by visiting the State Library website.  Here’s what the State Library has to say about their atlas digitization project:

“The State Library’s collection of Massachusetts real estate atlases is one of the most heavily-used resources in the Library. The volumes, most of which date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, document the development of neighborhoods over time. (…) They provide information about property boundaries, plot sizes, ownership, building shapes, and materials. The atlases are used by genealogists, environmental consultants, architectural historians, and the general public researching the history of their home.

The Library’s collection includes approximately 200 atlases, covering 6,500 maps in 12 counties and more than 80 municipalities throughout Massachusetts. The Library has digitized 167 of these volumes and has made them available in PDF form through its institutional repository, DSpace and with individual page images (jpgs) via its Flickr site. (...)

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.”

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