Christopher Marshall, an avid map enthusiast with an interest in railroads, started this collection of map images. While researching abandoned railroad rights-of-way from his home in Amherst, New Hampshire, Chris discovered that historic USGS are invaluable research tools but are not readily available - many libraries have some, but no New Hampshire library has a complete collection.
Armed with a scanner and laptop, Chris visited libraries throughout the state, digitizing maps as he went. Eventually, with the collaboration of Meredith Ricker of the University of New Hampshire Dimond Library Government Documents Department, a collection of digitized maps covering the state of New Hampshire was made public.
Soon the site covered all of New England, and later, New York State. Other map enthusiasts volunteered their time and energy to help expand the collection. It was soon evident that growing national interest promised to expand the collection beyond Dimond Library's New England focus. So, Chris sought a new home for the blossoming collection.
Through a connection established by fellow rail enthusiast and Maptech employee Ed Lecuyer, Chris approached Maptech to host this site. With the transition to MyTopo we are delighted to provide disk space and bandwidth to make this unique resource available. Other contributors include Stephen Titchenal and Derrick Brashear. If you would like to help expand this collection, contact Chris Marshall through MyTopo's e-mail address: email@example.com.
We gratefully acknowledge the public and private collections that have contributed to this project:
- Amherst Public Library, Amherst, New Hampshire
- Baker Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
- Dover Public Library, Dover, New Hampshire
- Guy H. Burnham Map and Aerial Photography Library, Clark University
- Harvard Map Collection, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Keene Public Library, Keene, New Hampshire
- Mori Books, Amherst Book Center, Amherst, New Hampshire
- Nashua Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire
- New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire
- New Hampshire State Library, Concord, New Hampshire
- Pennsylvania State University, Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania
- Peterborough Town Library, Peterborough, New Hampshire
- University of New Hampshire, Dimond Library, Durham, New Hampshire
- Wadleigh Memorial Library, Milford, New Hampshire