Monday, February 23, 2015

Baist Atlas of Richmond (1889) now avialable online

View of the area around what is now the Monroe Park
campus of VCU from the 1889 Baist Atlas Map of Richmond. 
For researchers and others interested in the history and architecture of late 19th century Richmond can now explore the city through a new resources that was recently added to VCU Libraries' Digital Collections

A fully digital and interactive version of the Baist Atlas of the City of Richmond , published in 1889, is available online. The atlas consists of an index map and twenty large linen plates (18 ½ inches tall by 28 inches wide) mapping all areas of the city including parts of Henrico and Chesterfield counties and part of the City of Manchester, now Richmond’s South Side, which was then an independent city.
  • Examine the atlas map plates within the context and street views of a modern day Google map
  • Explore points of interest and historic images of Richmond 
  • Use a street index to research and discover 1889 Richmond at the street level  
Visit the site HERE.
An article about the Baist map digital collection is available HERE.

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