One map made of three sheets of paper – Find of the Week

Often when people hear the word “map” they imagine a large rectangular piece of paper with the United States of America drawn in bright colors. Or perhaps, a person might think of using an internet browser to look up directions from one place to another. In most cases, however, people usually think of maps of fitting within a square or rectangle. Our third “Find of the Week” demonstrates how a map does not always fit inside of a rectangular piece of paper. This map, titled “Map of Portland Texas in San Patricio County”, is from the Green Maps Collection and… Read more »


Scorching Hot Temperatures – Find of the Week

This week we are featuring a couple of pages from our Field Book collection. These pages are from the summer of 1937 and report the shocking temperature of 120° in the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. The temperature for each day can be seen at the upper right corner of the page. Keeping track of the weather and temperature during a survey was very important because the length of the steel tape used for measurements could vary with temperature changes. The page dated June 11, 1937, even has two temperatures recorded for different times of the day.


First Find of the Week

Each week our {Map Scanning} team scans and catalogs hundreds and sometimes thousands of maps documents. Although the enormity of the project can at times seem overwhelming, our workers press forward and always keep an eye out for interesting or unique documents to share with coworkers. The {Map Scanning} team has always shared fun finds between themselves and now our workers would like to share with you. Each week a new “Find of the Week” will be featured on the blog. Our first “Find of the Week” is an itemized list of food. Surveyors would often spend several days… Read more »


Field Books

If you ever have a chance to visit Corpus Christi’s Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections and Archives Department and you look at the shelf that holds over 500 Field Books, you might think each book looks exactly the same. However, since our staff began scanning these Field Books in January 2016, many interesting discoveries have been found between the pages. In some cases, the book itself is interesting, such as Field Book 55 which features a rooster motif.

This Field Book contained a pressed flower that is over 100 years old.

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