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Mapping Thoreau Country:
Note: Clicking on images and hyperlinks throughout this site will bring you to source collections at museums, libraries, historical associations, schools, parks, cultural non-profits and other educational organizations and institutions. Hyperlinked quotes from primary texts are linked to source pages on the Internet Archive, Google Books, Hathi Trust, and the Library of Congress, as well as other libraries of digital materials in the public domain.
Undertaken by the Thoreau Society in partnership with other educational organizations and institutions, this site uses historical maps to organize images, documents, and information related to Henry David Thoreau's travels throughout the United States.
Thanks to grants from UMass Lowell and Mass Humanities, we completed Mapping Thoreau Country: Tracking Henry David Thoreau's Travels in Massachusetts in January 2013. This is the first phase of a long-term project on Thoreau, cartography, and travel.
Although we will continue to add new materials and updates as needed to this site, we hope to turn as soon as possible to producing similar maps of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York/New Jersey, and Minnesota. Like the Massachusetts map, these will be linked to newly discovered documents on Thoreau's previously overlooked adventures in cartography. (To learn more, click on Thoreau's Maps above.)
As you will see from the many pages that we have posted, the Thoreau Society is eager to connect with schools, libraries, museums, cultural non-profits, and other educational organizations that engage in Thoreau-related programming so that we can feature their work.
If you have questions, comments, suggestions, and/or primary documents in the public domain that you think we should add to our site, please contact us.
Advisory BoardMelissa Pennell, English Dept., UMass Lowell
Joseph Fisher, Libraries, UMass Lowell
Robert Gross, History Dept., University of Connecticut Ronald Hoag, English Dept., East Carolina University Laura Dassow Walls, English Dept., Notre Dame University Matthew Edney, Osher Map Center, University of Southern Maine
John Hessler, Map Division, Library of Congress
Joanne Riley, Healey Library, UMass Boston
Marilyn Billings, Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst