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Hi Everyone,

I am wondering if anyone has some advice on preserving maps.
I work for a county government in Alberta, Canada and in our vault we have maps that are up to 100 years old. I want to be able to preserve these maps but do not know what would be the best way to go about that, there are a couple hundred maps that we have stored.
Any advice would be great.

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Hello Becky,

Unfortunately, I don't have any advice on how to curate a map. However, maybe you could ask local curator. Almost every university has a special collection and someone needs to curate those documents. Furthermore every state, and I would guess province, has a library in the capital with historical documents. You could also check with museums.

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You could contact Archives Canada.

http://www.archivesc...lish/index.html

You could also look into having them scanned. I have seen some large flatbed document scanners that do not compromise the material being scanned (no contact).

Good luck.
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You might also check out Maps-L, "an international discussion forum for Librarians dealing with cartographic information, cartographers, remote sensors, geographers, and cartomaniacs of all types." Somebody there will most certainly have some good advice for you.
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Thanks for the tips :)
We plan to scan what can, so at least they are all digital.




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