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Posts by Dawn Collings

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – 3rd Anniversary

March 11th, 2014 by Dawn Collings

Honoring the victims and survivors of the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan on March 11, 2011.

The Map Collection is displaying maps of Japan.


The M9.0 great Tohoku earthquake (northeast Honshu, Japan) of March 11, 2011 /map prepared by U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center ; prepared in cooperation with the Global Seismographic Network.

Call Number: MAP G7961.C55 2011 .U6

Also available online :


Shows satellite views before and after the tsunami of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, the Sendai area, and the Iwaki area.

Map Collection Hours & Winter Intersession

December 19th, 2013 by Dawn Collings

The Map Collection will maintain normal open hours

through the Intersession Break

Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Except Upcoming Intersession Holidays:
Tuesday, Dec 24
Wednesday, Dec 25
Tuesday, Dec 31
Wednesday, Jan 1

UC Davis classes for the Winter Quarter begin Monday, January 6.


Celebrate Geography On UCD Campus

November 19th, 2013 by Dawn Collings

In honor of Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, visit the Map Collection for the display of maps showing:

  • >  Early non-European maps <
  • >  Evolution of European maps <
  • >  Cartography in the digital age <
  • >  Wine maps <
  • >  Fun maps <



GIS Day – Wednesday, Nov 20th

 Memorial Union, Room MU-II, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • — Celebration —
  • — Displays —
  • — Map competition —
  • — Presentations —



The Map Collection is located on the Lower Level of Shields Library and open Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (except holidays.)

Circular Maps showing Europe-Africa-Asia

October 22nd, 2013 by Dawn Collings

The known world – or at least the European, African, and Asian continents — were represented by maps drawn in a circle during the 13th-15th centuries.  

These circular maps usually feature Jerusalem as the center of the map, and sometimes north is at the bottom and south at the top.  So, maps displayed information related to the church rather than expressing interests of scientific geography.

Many of these maps show elaborate artistic work.

This week, the Map Collection features circular maps dated 1200-1500 AD.

1284  —  Ebstorf world map by Gervasius of Tilbury

1290-1300  — Hanc quam videtis terrarum descripsit delineavitque Richardus de Haldingham sive de Bello dictus A. S. circa MCCC

1448  —  Andreas Walsperger’s map of the world

1452  —  The Leardo map of the world by Giovanni Leardo

1457-1459  —  Il mappamondo by Fra Mauro

Of course, all our maps are facsimiles — no 13th century originals on display in the Map Collection.

Earth Sciences Week

October 14th, 2013 by Dawn Collings

Map Collection Celebrates

Earth Science Week

Monday, October 14 – Earth Science Literacy Day

Tuesday, October 15 – No Child Left Inside Day

Wednesday, October 16 – National Fossil Day

Thursday, October 17 – Women in Geosciences Day

Friday, October 18 – Geologic Map Day

Displayed maps in the Map Collection room will feature various Earth Sciences topics.

Honoring 9/11

September 9th, 2013 by Dawn Collings

American Airlines Flight 11 – North Tower, World Trade Center, 8:46 am

United Airlines Flight 175 – South Tower, World Trade Center, 9:03 am

American Airlines Flight 77 – Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 9:37 am

United Airlines Flight 93 – Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 10:03 am

To honor victims of 9/11,  maps showing Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania are on display in the Map Collection. Featured maps this week include:

— street maps

— color relief maps

— satellite views.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.

Themes for Map-of-the-Day

September 3rd, 2013 by Dawn Collings

The Map Collection room uses the Map-of-the-Day to showcase the variety and breadth our collection.  The map changes from day to day and usually sticks to one theme each week.

This summer, the Map-of-the-Day has centered around states along the Atlantic Coast.

This week we are featuring Florida and Georgia, including:

—Lighthouses of Florida (with lovely photographs)

—Topographic map of Florida (showing ocean and gulf bathymetry)

—Illustrated travel map of Florida during the 1950s (pre-DisneyWorld and Universal Studios)

—Population changes in Georgia

—Colonial Georgia

Next Week:  Honoring 9/11

“I have a dream” Speech — 50th Anniversary

August 26th, 2013 by Dawn Collings

Wednesday, August 28, is the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C.

This week, August 26-30, featured maps will reflect the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Come to the Map Collection and view maps of Atlanta, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee,  Washington, D.C.; and other maps showing the southern and eastern states during the 1960s.