Library Catalogs Hayes Map Collection

A librarian lists historical map collections at Hayes Presidential

FREMONT – In the archives of the Hayes Presidential Library, a large Wall cabinet is filled with rolled maps, from navigational maps of Lake Erie and the Sandusky River, to maps of Ohio and Fremont through the years, to railroad right-of-way maps.

Some are original hand drawn lithographs or hand painted maps on fabric. Others are copies of maps located in the National Archives.

They’ve been in storage for decades, but they’ve never been added to Hayes Presidential’s online catalogs – until now.

For more than a year, Hayes’ Presidential Librarian Pat Breno has been studying these maps, determining the years or periods in which they were created, and cataloging them online.

She adds them to online catalogs run by WorldCat and Bowling Green State University, which are available on the Hayes Presidential website, and describes each of them. From there, anyone in the world can search for them using keywords.

“Nobody knows we have these things,” said John Ransom, chief librarian. “This is a project we’ve wanted to do for years.”

Maps can be useful research tools in many areas.

Railroad right-of-way maps show the names of people who owned land abutting the railroad, making them useful for genealogy and researching a house’s history.

Civil War maps, which include each of the battles that Rutherford B. Hayes fought in, detail the entire fight.

“You will follow, and they will tell you hour by hour the movements of the troops,” said Breno.

Maps of Ohio and the Fremont area over the years show how the state and area has changed, from different county lines to settlement names. Other maps of the region include the cities of Toledo, Maumee, and Delaware.

One of his favorites is an 1836 map of Croghansville, the area around the War of 1812 Fort Stephenson and today is Birchard’s public library in Fremont. This map, courtesy of the library, includes a description of the area written by Lucy Keeler, Hayes’ cousin.

“I’m learning about so many different areas,” Breno said. “These cards are really great.”

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the precursor to the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the State of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is in Spiegel Grove, at the corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues.

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