Newfoundland and Labrador Map Bibliography. Memorial University Libraries, 2013

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This in-process cartobibliography lists and describes printed and manuscript maps of Newfoundland and Labrador in libraries and archives in Newfoundland, other parts of Canada, the United States, and England. Eventually, it is hoped to include maps in collections in other countries, such as France and Spain. As well as including separate maps, an attempt is made to include maps in atlases, books, and periodicals, but it is not comprehensive.

Very early, significant, maps of the region will be included, but the emphasis is on the area within the current geographical boundaries of the Province of Newfoundland. The time limits will be up to and including 1949, the date of Newfoundland's confederation with Canada, although some later maps are currently included.

In the not too distant future, it is hoped to have an image displayed with the entry, at least for those in our collection.

The entries are displayed in a catalogue format which includes cartographer author, title, mathematic map data (scale, projection, coordinates of area covered, etc.), imprint (place of publication, publisher and date, and also printer information, if appropriate), physical description (dimensions in cm giving height and then width measuring from neatline to neatline), notes (descriptive information about the map indicating the geographical area depicted, types of information shown on the map, references, whether it is from a book or atlas, etc.), subject headings, other author entries, other title entries, and call number and map library location code.

A list of NL Map Bibliography Library Codes (PDF) is available to help you with determining where the map is to be found.

How to Search 

There are two basic search options: keyword and browse. Something must be entered in one of the search boxes (words or phrase, author, title or subject). Keyword finds words in any order, while Browse finds words in exact order, starting with the first word entered.

It is important to note that you should use the Newfoundland and Labrador Map Bibliography's "GO BACK," "FORWARD" and "BACKWARD" buttons and not those provided by your browser to navigate between screens in your search session.

A truncation symbol of "$" or "?" may be used. The "$" replaces 0 - 100 letters, e.g. politic$ retrieves politic, political, politician, politicians, etc. For best results, always specify a number ($n), e.g. fish$3 retrieves fish, fishes, fisher, fishing, etc. and colo$1r retrieves colour and color. the truncation symbole of "?" replaces 1 letter (internal truncation only - not at the end of a word), e.g wom?n retrieves woman and women.

Search Results

Your search results will display in a numbered list giving brief information, such as title and author. Up to 20 records will display at one time, if more were found, use the "FORWARD" and "BACKWARD" buttons to move between the pages.

To view records click on the oval, blue "VIEW" button below the number. This will display the full information. Remember to use the oval, blue "GO BACK" button to go back to the results list. In the full record, hot linked words can be used to display other records for that author, subject or title.

To mark records click in the box next to a record to mark it for printing, e-mailing, or downloading. Follow this by using the "PRINT CAPTURE" button.

To capture records click on the oval, blue "PRINT CAPTURE" button and follow the instructions on the screen to print, e-mail or download records. Printing can also be done from any screen using your browser's print capabilities.

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  • Colleagues

Many of the entries are based upon cataloguing done by Vivien Cartmell, especially, but also by Suzanne Ellison and Colleen Field. My librarian colleagues Joan Ritcey and Colleen Field have been supportive of the bibliographic efforts. Jane Ryan, Juanita Frye, Susan Cleyle, and Slavko Manojlovich, Library Systems Office, have handled dealing with software, uploading versions of the database, and setting up access via the web. Joanne Costello and Suanne Reid of the Map Room, as well as Dawn Learning and Rose Marie Power while filling in at the Map Room have borne the brunt of reference work during my absences and have done a variety of checking on bits and pieces of information. They were helped during my sabbatical in 2001-2002 by Dan Duda who filled in for me. Special thanks go to the Hon. Fabian O'Dea, Q.C., St. John's, Newfoundland, for setting an example and giving encouragement. 

  • Fellow Map Librarians or Curators

Helpful ideas and verification information were received from Edward H. Dahl and Joan Winearls. Over the years, many map librarians or map curators have assisted me with additions to the bibliography. A special thanks goes out to these people, if I have ommitted someone, I apologize: Geoff Armitage, British Library, UK; Geraldine Beech, Public Record Office, UK; Tony Campbell, British Library, UK; Louis Cardinal, National Archives of Canada; April Carlucci, British Library, UK; Andrew Cook, British Library, UK; Lorraine Dubreuil, McGill University Libraries; Brian Leigh Dunnigan, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan; Claire E. Gilbert, British Columbia Archives; John Griffin, Newfoundland Collection, Provincial Resource Library; Dr. Ronald E. Grim, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, USA; Shirley Anne Harmer, Queens University; Francis Herbert, Royal Geographical Society, UK; Dr.Yolande Hodson, Hertfordshire, UK; Alice Hudson, New York Public Library; David Jones, University of Alberta; Helen Miller, City of St. John's Archives; Dr Ian Mumford, Map Research Consultant, Surrey, UK; Jean-Francois Palamino, Bibliotheque National de Quebec; Brenda Parmenter, Newfoundland Collection, Provincial Resource Library; Alain Rainville, National Archives of Canada; Brian Thynne, National Maritime Museum, UK; Steven Tomlinson, Bodlein Library, UK; Edward Tompkins, Paris, France; Greg Walsh, Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador; Adrian Webb, Hydrographic Office, Taunton, UK; and Frances Woodward, University of British Columbia.

  • Others

A grant from the Vice President of Memorial University from funds allocated by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council made possible hiring a student, Brian Hogan, to do a lot of initial database input. Grants from the J. R. Smallwood Foundation made possible travel to England to view maps for addition to the database. The Memorial University Libraries provided the home for the database, as well as allowing leaves by the compiler to work on it. The flexibility and support of Richard H. Ellis, University Librarian, and Mary F. Chalker, Associate University Librarian (retired) regarding leaves and work schedules are much appreciated. None of this work would have been possible without the emotional support and inspiration of my husband, Clifford H. Wood.


The Map Bibliography was completed to this point in 2013. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact the compiler, Alberta Auringer Wood, now retired from Memorial University of Newfoundland; (email: