For Map Buffs
Did you know that we recently doubled our online individual map collection? There are now over 50 beautiful new maps you can view via our Maps Pathfinder page. All deal with the Rochester area and/or New York State. I have a couple of favorites to show you.
One is the beautifully colored Tourist’s Map of the State of New York: Compiled From the Latest Authorities in the Surveyor General’s Office from 1831. In addition to the main map, there are insets showing profiles of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.
Another favorite is the Map of the City of Rochester Respectfully Inscribed, which dates from around 1833 and may have been created by the cartographer Valentine Gill. The colors are subtle, but there is an inscription that states: “C. Perkins land is coloured yellow July 2, 1833,” and indeed large sections of an area near Buffalo Road appear to have been hand-colored in yellow. According to the 1834 Rochester City Directory, Charles Perkins is listed as a land dealer and attorney. Could this map have belonged to Mr. Perkins?
For Stereograph Admirers
We recently scanned and cataloged over 150 stereographs from our stereograph collection. The collection consists of stereoscopic views of Rochester and the surrounding area, many printed in the city. Some of the featured local photographers include Charles W. Woodward, who was active from 1864-1884, George H. Monroe, active in the 1870s and 1880s, and A. Newton Oakley, active in the 1870s.
I particularly enjoy this rare interior view of the Rochester Free Academy building, Philosophy Class, Rochester Free Academy, Rochester, N.Y., by A. Newton Oakley, dated 1874-1875, which shows a class being taught by local inventor Dr. Charles Forbes. Dr. Forbes stands off to one side while the students gather on bleachers at the other end of the room. He seems to be holding a large rod. I wonder what he is trying to explain to the class?
Mannequins are attired in full bustle gowns, sales clerks in suits stand ready to assist, and shelves are neat and well-stocked. These rare interior views offer a glimpse into an area of life in Rochester that was not as well-documented as the external environment of bridges, buildings, waterfalls, and parks.
Take some time to explore this collection on our Digital Collections page!
Digital Collections Librarian