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 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 »


The Other Half

We’ve been quiet over at Spatial {Query} Lab, but we haven’t been standing still. We’re putting the finishing touches on the last of the Blucher Fieldbook Collection, starting transcription up on the second set of Blucher Indices, and are staged for the other half of the Blucher Job Folders. Plus, thanks to the hard work done by Special Collections at the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Library, we will soon begin scanning the rolled maps in the Blucher Collection. What this means today is that every single surveyor and researcher with internet access now has access to… Read more »