Primary Sources: Diseños Collection at the California State Archives

hand drawn map of Aguajito Rancho
“Aguajito Rancho,” California State Archives Exhibits, accessed November 27, 2019, http://exhibits.sos.ca.gov/items/show/11154.

“Within the Diseños Collection there are 493 hand-drawn sketch maps, or diseños, that were created from approximately 1866-1871. These sketch maps were hand-copied from originals that were created from approximately 1827-1846. These are part of a larger collection that makes up the Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Records that also include expedientes, or written documents regarding the grant petition, and other related documents. Each diseño includes naturally occurring boundaries such as rivers, mountains, rock outcropping, and trees as markers. Many of the diseños have labeled neighboring properties and as part of the initial land grant process all boarders were agreed upon by surrounding landowners. The diseños also show existing travel routes, locations of houses and local place names.

“At the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, California became a territory of the United States after Mexico and the United States signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Among other things, the treaty directed the U.S. government to honor legitimate land claims of Mexican citizens in the territory. Following California’s statehood in 1850, Congress passed the Land Act of 1851 creating the Board of Land Commissioners. The Board used the diseños, expedientes, U.S. Surveyor General surveys, and other related title documents from landowners to verify individual land ownership and boundaries. Over a period of five years, the Board of Land Commissioners reviewed 813 grant claims, but only approved 553. The Mexican land grant process had a major influence on the development of California land by shaping settlement patterns and land ownership. As some of the earliest maps in California, diseños are essential to understanding the complex system of land ownership in the state today.”

California State Archives: https://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/collections/disenos-collection/


Trial: Fire Insurance Maps Online

section of fire insurance map of university of californiaThe Library has a trial for Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo) through February 28. The trial is set up for access on campus but not via EZProxy so you will need to be on campus or use the VPN to access the resource.

Fire insurance maps were originally created to assist fire insurance companies with assessing their liability in urban areas. They contain detailed information about properties and individual buildings.

Go to https://fims.historicalinfo.com  Use the interactive map search or search by place name.  During the trial you can search and view historical map coverage throughout the U.S., but will not be able to download full resolution imagery.


Event: Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World (A Symposium)

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography and the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Present:

 Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World (A Symposium)

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

3:30-5:00 – Cartographic Objects Workshop at the Bancroft Library (David Faulds)

Please RSVP to jraisch@berkeley.edu

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

1:15-2:45 – Graduate Student Panel, 308A Doe Library

Keith Budner (Comparative Literature) – “From Geography to Chorography: Representing Pomponius Mela, Ptolemy and Strabo in Two Spanish Renaissance Maps”

Jason Rozumalski (History) – “Kaleidoscopes of Time and Place: Images of places as events in sixteenth-century England”

Grace Harpster (Art History) – “Pastoral Maps: Devotional and Administrative Itineraries in Rural Sixteenth-Century Milan”

Moderator: Diego Pirillo (Italian)

 

3:00-5:00 – Plenary Panel, 308A Doe Library

Tom Conley (Romance Languages, Harvard) – “Baroque Hydrographies”

Ricardo Padrón (Spanish, UVA) – “The Indies and the Printed Page: Inventing America on the Ramusio Map of 1534”

Valerie Kivelson (History, Michigan) – “An Early Modern Great Game: Maps of Siberia and their Circulation in the 17th and 18th century”

Moderator: Timothy Hampton (French and Comparative Literature)

http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/cartographic-materialities

 


141 Things You Can Learn About Your Community in Just 3 Clicks

Use Community Commons to quickly build a report about any state, county, or group of counties in the USA! Within a minute or so, you will see information on 141 indicators (as of today) including health outcomes, physical environment, clinical care, social and economic factors, and demographics. Use this information for assessment, case-making, advocacy, grant applications, presentations and much more.

Information can be displayed as a table, pie chart, map, or downloaded to Excel.

To get started click here.

Enjoy!


Announcing the 2016 Calif. Map Society student paper contest

Call for Maps & Papers

to be presented at the California Map Society Meeting
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Undergraduate and graduate students in geography and related disciplines at UC Berkeley are invited to submit papers on a cartographic topic or original maps for a competition to present at the June 2016 Meeting of the California Map Society (CMS). Finalists will give 15-minute presentations. One winner will receive a cash award of $200 and a certificate, and up to 2 finalists will each receive cash awards of $100 and certificates from the CMS. Additionally, all finalists will receive free registration and meals for the meeting.

The CMS meeting is a one-day event for cartography professionals, faculty, and students in the state to explore emerging trends in cartography and digital mapping, including technology and applications. Students will have the opportunity to meet professionals from academia and industry throughout the day. Please visit the CMS website, www.californiamapsociety.org for future updates of the detailed schedule.

To apply: Submit a digital copy of the attached application and your original work (digital mapping and geo-visualization submissions should be in PDF format and have a resolution of 600 DPI) to the Judging Committee (chair: Susan Powell, smpowell@berkeley.edu) by Monday, April 4, 2016. The California Map Society will notify selected students by Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

For further information, contact Susan Powell at smpowell@berkeley.edu.


Event: Maps & More: Maps and a Movie

The final Maps and More of the semester is tomorrow, Friday, 12/4 at 11 am in the Earth Sciences and Map Library.

Watch BBC’s “Mapman” as he travels across Britain with the aid of only Bartholomew’s vintage cycling map and a vintage bicycle. Then compare UC Berkeley’s edition of the Bartholomew map to other bicycle touring maps in the collection.


Event: Maps and More: Drought/Deluge

Drought/Deluge
Friday, Nov. 20
11 am – Noon
Earth Sciences & Map Library
50 McCone Hall

Alexander Arroyo and Phil Campanile, two graduate students from the Geography Department are co-curating this month’s exhibit, which ties in with a seminar they are leading this year at the Social Sciences Matrix called “Re-Representing the Earth Through Landscape, Infrastructure, and Data.”