The David Rumsey Maps of Clare
Many of the Atlases collected and published online by David Rumsey
from his extensive Map Collection contain maps of County Clare from many
eras, and many sources. Clare County Library decided to copy these and
make them available on this website so that pupils, students and the interested
reader could see just how differently County Clare was represented in
these atlases over time and by various publishers throughout Europe. This
was possible due to the generous terms
under which the Rumsey maps have been published online. The maps shown
here are presented as simple JPEGs in a standard web page.
here for the Rumsey maps of Clare >>
The David Rumsey Maps (ExpressView/MrSID format)
One set of our David Rumsey maps was
created using ExpressView (MrSid) image compression software from
LizardTech, and requires the downloading and installation of the appropriate
plugin. The Clare sections above were taken from these maps.
Use the Web Install method on the LizardTech website by clicking here:
ExpressViewBrowser Plug-in (MrSID) for Windows. For more info on plugins
here for the Rumsey maps (ExpressView/MrSID format)
The David Rumsey Maps in MapBrowser
These maps can also be viewed via MapBrowser,
our new integrated online maps system which runs in most browsers without
the necessity to install plugins.
Tip: click on the slider to zoom in and out, and select the pan cursor
button to move
around the map.
here for the David Rumsey Maps in MapBrowser
The David Rumsey Map Collection
David Rumsey is a map collector and the founder of the David
Rumsey Map Collection. A native of New York, Rumsey holds a BA and Master
of Fine Arts from Yale University and was a founding member of Yale Research
Associates in the Arts, before becaming Associate Director of the American
Society for Eastern Arts in San Francisco. He lectured in art at the Yale
Art School for several years. He made what he calls an "accidental"
fortune developing real estate in San Francisco. His success allowed him,
in the early 1980s, to start collecting historical maps.
Since 1983, David Rumsey has collected more than
150,000 maps of 18th and 19th Century North and South America. His collection
also includes world atlases, globes, school geographies, maritime charts,
and a variety of other maps. The physical collection is housed in San
Francisco, California, where it is made available to researchers.
In March 2000, David Rumsey launched www.davidrumsey.com/,
a website that allows free viewing of the maps via high-resolution images
on the internet. By the beginning of 2007, the website had over 11,000
digitised historical maps available online. The sophisticated, yet simplified
software allows visitors to view maps side by side, zoom in for inspection
of the smallest details, as well as save and print. A comprehensive catalog
provides information about each map's cartographic relevance and provenance,
author, publisher, and date of publication, and other historical and geographic