About the Map Library
The Guy H. Burnham Map & Aerial Photograph Library is an active spatial data information center of global scope. The collection consists of 230,000 maps, 7,800 aerial photographs, 1500 CD-ROMs, as well as atlases, journals, globes, map reference materials, tourist information and monographs (primarily on the subjects of cartography, history of cartography, computerized cartography, map and imagery interpretation, remote sensing and GIS). Because of depository agreements with the United States Government Printing Office, the Map Library houses a full array of maps published by the Federal government. The library provides service to the faculty, students, and staff of Clark University, as well as the general public throughout New England.
Opened in 1921, the Map Library at Clark University was an integral part of the newly established Graduate School of Geography. The use of maps figured prominently in the program of study designed by eminent geomorphologist, Wallace W. Atwood, the first Director of the Graduate School of Geography and simultaneously President of the University. The collection of maps grew under the guidance of Cartographer and Map Curator, Guy H. Burnham, from 1922-1966. The library was dedicated to Mr. Burnham in 1971, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Graduate School of Geography. In 1987, the administrative function of the library was transferred from the Graduate School of Geography to the Robert Hutchings Goddard Library.
The Library is located on the lower level of the Geography Building. Enter the building by the door located directly across from the University Center. Proceed straight ahead, through a second set of doors, the large room with the high ceilings, and a third set of doors. Immediately after exiting the last set of doors, take the staircase to the basement.
Patrons with Disabilities
Enter the Geography Building by the door located directly across from the University Center. Proceed straight ahead, through a second set of doors, the large room with the high ceilings, and a third set of doors. Immediately after exiting the last set of doors, take the elevator on the right up to the second floor. Turn to the right after leaving the elevator and go straight ahead to the Graduate School of Geography Office. Someone there will telephone the Map Library for you. We will be happy to come up to discuss your request for cartographic information.
Most of the material in the Map Library is available for circulation. Excluded, however, are irreplaceable items and reference materials. While outside users are actively encouraged to use the collection, borrowing privileges are generally reserved for the Clark community. Maps circulate for 1 week, books for 2 weeks, CD-ROMs overnight.