Long Island Cartobibliography: 
A List of Selected Maps, Atlases, and Reference Books, 
Dealing with the Mapping of Long Island

David Yehling Allen
Melville Library
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3331
(516-632-1159)
E-mail  dyallen@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
May 1998

Introduction

This list is a preliminary version of an ongoing project. This draft is being issued primarily as an aid to researchers using the cartographic collections of SUNY Stony Brook. Most of the maps and atlases on this list are available in the libraries at Stony Brook, and this list is intended in part as a finding aid for them. Although not intended as a "union list," this bibliography also includes many holdings of materials held by other libraries--particularly libraries holding the originals of maps not at Stony Brook.

This list is not intended to be completely comprehensive. I have focused on those maps that appear most likely to contain information of interest to researchers. The bibliography is most comprehensive for the earlier periods, which are often of particular interest, and for which the least information is available. For the period since about 1870, I have only selected those maps that in some way provide unique information. I have also excluded most maps that cover very limited geographic areas, such as estate maps. These may be extremely important for some researchers, but they are so scattered and specialized that it is impractical to list many of them. They should be sought for at local public libraries and historical societies.

The compiler would appreciate any help in revising and expanding this list. Please send any corrections or suggestions for additions to me at the above address.

How to Read This List

In general, standard cataloging conventions have been used to describe the maps. The original spelling of titles is maintained, but capitalization is modified. Very long titles have been abbreviated. Maps are measured in centimeters, from top to bottom, and then from left to right.

The "tags" used for individual fields in the database are mostly self explanatory. The field "LOCATION" refers to abbreviations for holding libraries (a list of abbreviations follows). The field "SUSB" provides information about the location of materials housed at SUNY Stony Brook.

There are many internal cross references within the database. Cross references to maps give a keyword (usually the cartographerís last name) and a date--e.g. Seller (1675a) refers to the first of two maps published by John Seller in 1675. These references are listed in the "KEY" field in the database. Cross references to books that describe the maps or contain facsimiles of them take the form of the authorís last name and the relevant pages or plate number. If more than one work of an author is cited, a short title is included. All of these references can be easily found by typing in the keywords using the "find reference" feature in EndNote.

Working with and Modifying EndNote

Information about the EndNote Viewer program is contained in the "overview" and "read.

me" files included with the Bibliography of Long Island Geology (if you obtained this database via FTP), or on the disk containing the Long Island Cartobibliography.

Although the cartobibliography is usable without modifying EndNote, the records are easier to interpret if a special "reference type" template is used which corresponds to the fields in the original database. This template can easily be created. If you are using the Windows version of the EndNote viewer, proceed as follows (these instructions will have to be adapted slightly for the DOS version):

1. Start EndNote and click on "Edit."

2. Click on "Reference types" on the pull-down menu.

3. Note the list of Generic field names on the left, and the widow showing a number of templates for articles, books, etc. on the right.

4. Use the arrow keys to scroll to the "Unused" template at the end.

5. Click on "Unused" to highlight it, and change the name to "Maps2."

6. Type in the following field names opposite the corresponding Generic fields:

GENERIC...................................Maps2

Author..........................................Author

Year.............................................Year

Title..............................................Title

Place Published.............................Imprint

Date.............................................Sort

Custom1.......................................Scale

Custom2.......................................Collation

Custom3.......................................Location

Custom4.......................................SUSB

Keywords.....................................Key

Abstract........................................Abstract

Notes............................................Notes

7. Make sure all other fields are blank, click on OK. You are finished.

 

NOTE: The "sort" key is used to sort the library in chronological order. If you want to use this field to sort books and articles by date (as well as maps), add this field to the "Book" and "Journal Article" templates opposite the "Generic" date field.

.Abbreviations for Holding Institutions

(The following abbreviations are used in the "Location" field to indicate institutions holding an item. When available, the symbols used in the National Union Catalog have been used here.)

BL British Library (formerly British Museum)

CsmH Huntington Library, San Marino, California

CtY Yale University

DLC Library of Congress

LISI Long Island Studies Institute (Hofstra University)

MB Boston Public Library

MH Harvard University

MIUC William Clements Library, University of Michigan

MWA American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

N New York State Library, Albany, New York

NARS National Archives and Records Service

NBLIHI Brooklyn Historical Society

NEH Free Library, East Hampton, New York

Nhi New York Historical Society

NIC Cornell University

NJQ Queensborough Public Library

NN New York Public Library

NriHi Suffolk County Historical Society

NsbSU State University of New York at Stony Brook

Smithtown Public Library

SPLIA Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities
RPJCB John Carter Brown Library, Brown University