The University of Tulsa’s Hidden Maps

A University of Tulsa graduate student has stumbled across rare maps in the university library’s collection, including an 1822 map of North America by Henry S. Tanner, the Tulsa World reports. It turns out that incoming maps and other non-book artifacts had never been catalogued. Now he and a librarian are worried that the maps’ value may render them inaccessible: “If it is millions, a far-off insurance company would dictate a vault, perhaps, and white gloves for handling. Or worse, no touching at all. … Why have maps that tell stories if no one can pull them out and decipher them?” Or, conversely, steal them: better check for razor blades, folks.

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