by Mary Robinson, Special Collections and Archives
Over the last number of weeks MA in Historical Archives student Foteini Pantazi has been organising the Andrews Map collection held in Special Collections.
The collection was donated to Maynooth University library in 2006 as part of Prof John Andrews’ extensive archive. His book collection has been added to the library catalogue. The remaining archive which includes maps and articles is currently a work in progress. The map collection consists of mostly facsimiles and photocopies with some originals. The donation was deposited with the intention they be ‘accessible to students as a working collection’.
Professor Andrews was a lecturer and associate professor for 36 years in the Geography Department of Trinity College Dublin. He had previously been a winner of the Royal Geographical Society’s essay prize in 1947. In selecting where his archive and map collection should go, he chose Maynooth University as at the time it was the only university in Ireland to offer a course on map history. The maps are a welcome and valuable addition to our collections.
The collection held in Special Collections consists of maps of Ireland, England and Wales from the 16th to the 19th century. There is also a folder of maps entitled ‘Rest of the World’ which includes ‘Aboriginal Map of North America denoting the Boundaries and the Locations of various Indian Tribes’, 1857; ‘A New Map of the World’ by Robert Greene, 1686; ‘Map of Nepaul [sic], with the routes’, 1818 and ‘Chart of the New Coast of America and NE coast of Asia explored in the years 1778 and 1779’.
The map collection is available to consult in the Special Collections reading room by appointment during service hours. Please contact 01-4747423 or Library.Specialcollections@nuim.ie for further enquiries or to make an appointment.
Dublin City and County: From Prehistory to Present: Studies in honour of J.H. Andrews by F.H.A Aalen and Kevin Whelan (eds)
‘Mapping a Path to Maynooth’ by Eileen Battersby http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/mapping-a-path-to-maynooth-1.1015145