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Where In The World Is New Jersey?
Historical Maps of The Garden State

On view through February 23, 2014

Main Building – First Floor East Gallery

Often overlooked as a decorative art form, maps are ideal artifacts for exploring New Jersey history. Compelling stories of the Garden State’s social, economic, geographic, and political history – as well as the state’s important role in the history of American transportation – can be told through the visual splendor of old maps.

This exhibition provides the visitor with an introductory survey of historical maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 through 1950. Maps included in the exhibition are selected for their rarity, their ability to convey aspects of New Jersey history, and their artistic merit –underscoring the ongoing dichotomy of maps as both works of art and utilitarian tools essential to the human experience.

The exhibition features nearly 100 original copperplate-engraved, chromolithographic, and manuscript maps housed in the collections of four New Jersey institutions – the New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey State Archives, Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University, and the New Jersey State Library.

Pensylvania, Nova Jersey et Nova York cum Regionibus ad Fluvium Delaware in America (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York with the Regions around the Delaware River in America)

Engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter
Published by George Matthias Seutter, Augsburg, 1751
Copperplate Engraving
Collection of the NJ State Museum
Museum Purchase
The Province of New Jersey Divided into
East and West, Commonly Called the Jerseys

Second Edition
William Faden, London, 1778
Copperplate Engraving
Collection of the NJ State Museum
Museum Purchase
A Map of New Jersey in America

John Seller, London, 1677
Copperplate Engraving
Collection of the
NJ State Archives