American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Reason

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Terrestrial Globe

Joslin's Six Inch Terrestrial Globe
Joslin's Six Inch Terrestrial Globe, ca. 1840
Geography & Map Division
Gift/purchase from Philip Colman, 2002 (119A.2)

Globes were widely used as educational tools in nineteenth-century America and were more popular than their current representation in American museums and libraries would suggest. During the past decade, the Geography and Map Division has made a concerted effort to assemble a strong collection of globes produced by American manufacturers, and now holds the major study collection for globes produced in the United States. The Division holdings include approximately 400 terrestrial globes, like this example produced by Gilman Joslin about 1840.

 

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