For the first time, 26 maps from the world’s biggest collection went on the Internet Monday from the Library of Congress, which has another 4.5 million to go.
More maps will be added every day, said Ralph E. Ehrenberg, chief of the library’s geography and map section. By October, the number is due to rise to 1,200.
“The library plans to have at least 50,000 maps online by the year 2000,” said Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.
Up to now, a researcher would have had to make the trip to Washington to examine the map under a magnifying glass.
The Web site is at http://www.loc.gov/ - go to the American Memory Collections.