LOCKSS (of Maps): The Library of Congress Geography & Map Division Duplicates Program Public

For many libraries, the U.S. government has been a major source of maps. Primary receipts derive from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Census Bureau, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and military sources such as the Defense Mapping Agency. Many libraries also benefited from duplicate maps received from the Library of Congress. From 1951 to the mid-2000s the LC Geography & Map Division held summer projects whereby institutions could apply to send staff to work at the Library of Congress for 4-12 weeks in exchange for selecting up to 1,000 maps or atlases per week. Works acquired in this manner can be distinguished by the identifying stamps, illustrated in this poster, and information about the program participants and history will be shared. More than 2 million maps and atlases were distributed to participating institutions over the course of LC G&M’s special map processing projects.

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