A Sea of Maps: A Collaborative Project with the Conrad Blucher Institute

Written by Shelby Gonzalez

Every morning the lights of the Archives Workroom come on at 8:00 am, and every morning the first thing (or should I say things) that greet me as I walk in are land surveying records. Not just a few, not just a couple hundred, but thousands of maps waiting to be processed, preserved and prepared for digitization.

As Library Specialist II, in the Special Collections and Archives department, my job is to serve as point of contact with the Conrad Blucher Institute on a massive map digitization project. Responsibilities include conducting appropriate… Read more »


A Trace of History

Texas has a rich history that is largely undocumented, and where it is documented, it often fails to be widely distributed. One of the joys of our map scanning project is being able to glimpse into past persons and the actions and effects that center around them and their descendants. Many times a search leads to nothing more than a record of someones existence, but some times we identify that one doctor deciding to expand their medical services lead to over 100 years of medical service in rural South Texas.Dr. Charley Reagan made the decision around 1916 to expand his… Read more »


A Hundred Thousand

This past Friday Spatial {Query} Lab celebrated a major milestone, the cataloging of our 100,000th land record. The event celebrated the achievements of the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science and the Special Collections and Archives at Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Ron Brister, an original champion of the project, was honored with cataloging the latest land records, an index map of Corpus Christi from the 1940s. The event was well attended by Texas surveyors and the general public. Here at S{Q}L we are still in shock at how far this project has come, serving… Read more »