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Special Collections staff recently completed a project to digitize the George T. Abell Map Collection and make them available in its online repository. This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States. The collection includes works by cartographers Abraham Ortelius, Willem Blaeu, Vincenzo Coronelli, Frederik de Wit, Gerhard Mercator, Herman Moll, Guillaume Delisle, and many others.
Originally posted 2017-02-20 05:47:51.
History in Documents
The written word plays a uniquely significant role in America's history. Special Collections holds letters and manuscripts associated with John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sam Houston, J. Edgar Hoover, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., among others. This selection of letters and manuscripts includes documents of historical and personal significance that reveal a brief glimpse into the lives of these well-known Americans.
Also, a petition from Fray Buenaventura de Armadea, attorney general for the Franciscan Provinces in New Spain, to abolish a decree preventing missionaries in Zacatecas from collecting alms to purchase holy oil and wine, and ministering. The document was prepared in Mexico City on September 20, 1696. The petition was granted. This document is about a land dispute (c. 1716). Although it mentions Viceroy Zuñiga, petitions of this kind often addressed viceroys or other high-ranking officials, but were inspected and approved by mid-level bureaucrats.
These rare and fragile documents will displayed for a limited time.