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Digital Commons and A New Map to an Old Atlas

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Seniors | Government | Portland History

Portland Public Library’s new Digital Commons portal has begun to take shape, and you are now able to view a 131-year-old city street atlas online. Here in the Main Library’s Portland Room, the Library’s homebase for Special Collections and Archives, we have conserved an 1882 Goodwin Atlas, and now present a digitized access of this great work to you, via Digital Commons.

Click on the screen shot (below) for the Digital Commons home page:

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The link for the Goodwin Atlas is below, or use this URL: http://digitalcommons.portlandlibrary.com/goodwinatlas/

 

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Beginning with the conservation of the 18 x 24″ atlas, the original binding had broken (see photo below) after more than a century of use.  The Library’s copy of this atlas had been inked by hand, and the City Engineer, William Goodwin autographed each of the plates.

The maps are highly detailed, and show “footprints” of buildings, utility lines, and streets. The city-wide assessment that coincided with this unusual set of maps represents Portland shortly before the merging of the once separate municipality of Deering. The pre-1899 city boundaries are well-marked in Goodwin, and can be seen in maps that include Douglass Street, Brighton Avenue (then known as the County Road), Deering Avenue (then known as Grove Street), and Forest Avenue (then known as Green Street). When you search for Monument Square, you’ll find Market Square.

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Along with the atlas’s binding, many of the plates (pages) needed to be conserved. Fortunately, the plates were printed on a thick, vellum-style paper stock.

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The photo below, shows the completely repaired binding and textblock- entirely conserved in the Portland Room-

with archival material.

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The photo immediately below shows how we repair paper, from the verso (rear) of the maps themselves, to keep the information as readable as possible. We use handmade Japanese kozo tissue, and our own mixture of methylcellulose and PVA water-based adhesives. The repairs are lightly heat-dried and pressed.

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The New binding (above), with the preserved original label from the Portland City Clerk’s Office, plus a special archival box (below)  for the atlas.

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With the scanned Atlas plates, we’ve mounted downloadable jpeg files onto Digital Commons. In the photo below, subject analyses for each Portland neighborhood represented in the Atlas are being added as searchable metadata tags.

Enjoy this new resource of a gem from the 19th century!

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LegalForms for Libraries

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Online Services | Adults | Business | Government
legalforms

 

Library patrons have access to (from home or in the Library) thousands of legal forms with more forms: Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Stop by the Library and ask a librarian to show you how or check out this 3 minute video tutorial.

Where do the forms come from?

Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are also included.

What Forms are available?

The legal forms available on Gale LegalForms include business, personal, litigation and federal forms.

General Business Forms are forms, which may be used in all 50 states with little modification.

General Litigation Forms are various litigation forms covering many diverse causes of action. These forms are easily modified by Attorneys to apply in their state.

Maine Specific Forms are forms provided by Participating Attorneys, form companies, or forms specifically adapted to a particular state.

Federal Forms are business and litigation forms used in the Federal system.

Users should consult an attorney for serious legal matters.


Patents on Your Mind?

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  is changing the patent system;  switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S.  in line with global standards.

According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz. 

In other breaking patent news, if you are interested in how long a patent lasts, the USPTO  has recently introduced a downloadable patent term calculator (beta version) as a resource to help the public estimate the expiration date of a patent.

Interested in more on patents? Check out some of these great books available at PPL:

man who invented

The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley

the knockoff economy

The knockoff economy : how imitation sparks innovation by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

complete guide

Your complete guide to making millions with your simple idea or invention : insider secrets you need to know by Janessa Castle

the inventors bible

The inventor’s bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas by Ronald Louis Docie, Sr.

telephone

The telephone gambit : chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s secret / Seth Shulman

 

the art

The art of invention : the creative process of discovery and design b

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