Map Digitization Progress - Aug. 16, 2023 - this has been updated at this link
The Historical Society has also been the recipient of a very generous personal donation to commence the digital scanning of our extensive map collection. To date, we have only been able to offer a listing of our maps to an online researcher, compiled and maintained until very recently by our own Karl Pape. Until December 2022, researchers have had to come visit Truckee's Joseph Research Library in person in order to avail themselves to explore our map collection. While we have a link to our map listing available on our website, until this recent contribution, we could not afford to commence this digitization process effort in earnest. THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONOR who helped get us started!
Above is just a screenshot of the 1st batch of maps we've had our local Tahoe Print Shop scan as pdfs for us. If you see in this list below a map in which you're interested in, you can give us the corresponding number on the far left side and ask that we provide you a link to the available high resolution digital image. How's that for efficiency! Below is an example: Say you're interested in the map of Nevada County 1880. Locate the corresponding number 1-159L, let us know, and we can provide you a link to the high resolution PDF. Check it out. Do keep in mind these are high resolution pdf scans and they may take awhile to download as most of them are in the 30-40 MB size range = BIG. This is just so cool! You can even expand these maps and on this particular map, even hone in on Summit Sta. (to the immediate west of Donner Lake), or that Lake Angela is misspelled Lake Angeta, or that Lytton Lake is just east of Lake Angela. [Note: yes, we are aware that this particular map is now available in color at the Library of Congress website. But you get the idea.] Several other maps in which you might be interested:
1-091L Truckee Area Railroads by Gordon Richards, former TDHS President; and 1-028S, 1901, shows Commercial Row, RoundHouse, Ice Pond, Ice House, and South Truckee. As California's Gold producer Huell Howser used to say, it is simply "amazing!" Enjoy.
2nd box of maps scanned and available for review digitally; see below
HCS 12/29/2022; updated 3/4/2023; updated 3/22/2023; 7/31/2023; 8/16/2023 - 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th boxes now scanned -
see this Map info page
see this Map info page