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Maps of five centuries digitally archived

US: Over 3,200 historic maps of North Carolina are now available online as part of the Digital North Carolina Maps Project. North Carolina Maps contains more than 3,000 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to 2000 and including detailed maps for each of North Carolina’s one hundred counties.

Featuring maps from three of the state’s largest map collections — the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Outer Banks History Center. North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina.

Nick Graham, project manager and coordinator of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, said that the project is already gaining widespread popularity amongst people in various levels of academia. “We’ve heard from K-12 teachers, students, university faculty and genealogists, all of whom are big fans of the project,” said Graham.

The website also contains an interactive option, which allows users to lay selected historic maps over current street maps and satellite images.

Source: News14.com and UNC Library