Lehigh Valley Historical Maps Consortium
In the fall of 2019 a group of local archivists, librarians, curators, and historians with an interest in historical maps met at Lafayette College with the goal of establishing a collective inventory of maps related to the Lehigh Valley. Ultimately this inventory will provide a centralized resource for the discovery of maps which have been digitized for access over the internet, as well as for those physical maps which remain in map drawers in libraries, museums and historical societies across the Valley.
This website is the first result of this collaboration: a showcase for a growing collection of digital map images documenting the history of the Lehigh Valley, as well as a centralized registry of the physical maps available for research in person at area institutions. Please check back regularly as we will be adding more maps on a continuing basis starting in the early months of 2021.
Our Mission Statement:
“The Lehigh Valley Historical Maps Consortium serves as a collaborative forum for cultural heritage and educational institutions to build accessible digital collections of historical maps and other geographic information that illuminates the history of the Lehigh Valley.”
Partners in the LVHMC include institutions and individuals who are working to bring together discrete collections into an accessible portal that will be an asset to members of the group as well as to external researchers. Individuals and institutions are listed below.
Bethlehem Area Public Library; D & L National Heritage Corridor; Easton Area Public Library; Joel Hoffner, local historian; Governor Wolf Historical Society; Lafayette College Libraries; Lehigh University Libraries; Moravian Archives; Moravian College; Moravian Historical Society; Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College; National Museum of Industrial History; Northampton County Archives; Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society; Slate Belt Heritage Center.
Sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hosted by Lafayette College Libraries.