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Finding Aid: Map Collection

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English, French, Spanish, Latin
Period covered: 1500-1930
Extent: 800 Maps
Subject matter: The Gilcrease Cartographic Collection was initially created as a storage designation for maps found in the manuscript collections and for the few original maps purchased during the life of Thomas Gilcrease. From the collection's initial humble beginnings, it has continued to grow into an official map collection through additional gifts and purchases. The collection includes atlases, hand drawn maps from the manuscript collections, photocopies and Photostats of maps, single sheet maps from atlases and modern reproductions.  Significant maps of interest are Spanish Portolan maps of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Cuba, Map of the British Empire in America, Draught of Cherokee Country, Carte de la Louisiana, Map of Survey Route to the Pacific Railroad, Military Map of the U.S. and Indian Territory (Oklahoma).  Significant cartographers within the collection include: Abraham Ortelius, Theodore de Bry, Jan Blaeu, Thomas Jefferys, Alexander Humboldt.

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

Restrictions: Please, contact the Rights and Reproduction Department for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. Permission will be granted by the Gilcrease Museum as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.

Availability: This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). Contact the Library at 918-631-6449 or in advance to inquire if materials exist pertaining to your research interests.