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Nearly 490,000 historical maps and illustrations are available to libraries exclusively through ProQuest.

In less than one year, Historic Map Works™ Library Edition has doubled the size of its extensive collection of highly-detailed, full-color historical maps.   Now nearly 490,000 historical maps and illustrations are available to libraries exclusively through ProQuest.  In addition to the dramatic expansion of content, Historic Map Works™ Library Edition has released a "Points of Interest" browsing feature to provide a new way to search for content within the maps.  Further, new functionality has been completed that makes printing, downloading, and rotating the map easy for even novice users.

“Historic maps are critical in supporting genealogical research and location-based research as well as land-use monitoring in all types of libraries, institutions and corporations,” said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  “These significant additions deliver on our promise provide the best local historical research solutions so that our customers can be gateways to information discovery.”

Growth comes from a variety of additions to Historic Map Works™ Library Edition, including a partnership with Rockford Map Publishers, one of the premier U.S. map publishers.  Historic Map Works™ Library Edition now provides digital access to Rockford’s collection of cadastral and historical maps from 1945 to 2006. Rockford specializes in county land atlases, which offer detailed information about land ownership and management.  The partnership allows users to more easily track property ownership and boundaries, property usage and structural development. 

New functions make the expansive content more useful.  Print Enhancement converts images from 72 dpi to 300 dpi so they can be saved, printed, and downloaded in the same high quality as seen on the screen.  The Rotate Feature, coming later this year, will give users the ability to rotate maps that are drawn from different angles to make finding locations easier.

Points of Interest Browse is a new atlas and map look-up tool that contains over 3 million of the most popular places and geographical features found within Historic Map Works™  atlas collections and is designed to help researchers find the content that interests them the most. This new feature gives researchers the rare opportunity to go back in time to see what an area looked like before any modern developments took place. When selected, a researcher will be presented with over 60 different categories of Points of Interest to choose from, such as famous buildings, cemeteries, churches, hospitals, lakes, parks, summits and dozens of others.

Historic Map Works™ Library Edition’s high quality, full color digital collection is one of the most extensive available. The core of the collection consists of more than 300,000 cadastral and land ownership maps that reveal the geographic and development history of the United States over several hundred years. There is extensive coverage of rural and suburban areas, as well as cities and towns across America. Its unique indexing gives historical views of locations, allowing researchers to search churches, cemeteries, ancestral lands, land boundaries, as well as migration patterns, community growth, topography and more.  Historic Map Works also contains city directories and phone books that enable users to trace and associate individuals with locations - a key component in genealogical research.

Historic Map Works™ Library Edition is an ongoing project with substantial growth in antique and historical maps expected throughout 2009.   For more information, visit


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ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience.

More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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23 January 2009

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