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The Story of a Hidden Map Collection That Doubled the L.A. Public Library Archive in a Single Day

March 11, 2015 by Brian Champlin

When Los Angeles map librarian Glen Creason got a call from a realtor about a house full of maps that he should come check out, he was skeptical. Creason had heard this story before, and fully expected to make the drive and find nothing more than a boxful of old National Geographics.

But what Creason encountered was a collection of maps unlike any he’d ever seen in his life. A collection so vast that its addition doubled the inventory of the LAPL map archive in just one incredible day of discovery.

This is that story, as documented by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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