Woodbury Lowery Collection
Woodbury Lowery's maps and papers relating to Spanish colonies
in North America
In 1907, through the bequest of Woodbury Lowery (1853-1906), Washington
patent lawyer and historian, the Library acquired a study collection
of 300 original and facsimile maps relating to former Spanish possessions
within the United States. Notes compiled by Lowery on 750 manuscript
and printed maps in American and European archives were later assembled
as a catalog by Philip Lee Phillips. The Library has added copies
or reproductions of most of the items described in this bibliography.
Seventy-six of the maps dating from 1750 to 1790 are recorded in
the Library's computerized map catalog.
The Manuscript Division has
eighteen volumes of Lowery's notes and transcripts. Over half the
material pertains to the early history of Florida--the subject
of the second of the two published volumes of Lowery's The
Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States (New
York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1905. 500 p. F314.L91)--and the remainder
to New Mexico, California, Texas, and Louisiana. The collection
is recorded in the division's master record of manuscript collections.