Profile: Carlyn Osborn


Carlyn Osborn joined the Library of Congress in January 2015 as a Library Technician in the Geography and Map Division. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library Science at the University of Maryland. Carlyn worked for her university’s library throughout her undergraduate years and is interested in collections management and development, preservation concerns and practices, and open access advocacy. Her current research pursuits include critical geography, the history of geographic thought, and the history of exploration.

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Millie the Mapper

We’ve all heard the story of Rosie the Riveter: women, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who entered the workforce during World War II to aid the American war effort. Some of these women also became involved in drafting, photogrammetry, computing, and mapping. Called “Millie the Mappers” or “Military Mapping Maidens” these women played an integral role in producing accurate and up-to-date maps used by various branches of the military and government during World War II.

Category: History

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Putting Boston on the Map

Putting Boston on The Map: Land Reclamation and the Growth of a City
Today’s guest post is from Tim St. Onge, a cartographer in the Geography and Map Division. Tim holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science from Clark University.
The Back Bay neighborhood of Boston is home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Prudential Tower, the Boston Central Library, Trinity Church, and the posh shopping district of Newbury Street. It’s hard to imagine that about 150 years ago, this area was almost completely covered in water. Back Bay was, in fact, a bay.

Category: History

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James Wilson: America’s First Globemaker

At the age of 33, James Wilson (1763-1855) moved out of the log cabin he had built by hand, sold all the stock he possessed on his 100 acre farm, and managed to scrape together $130 in rural eighteenth century New Hampshire. And for what purpose? Wilson wanted to purchase all thirteen volumes of the third edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Category: Biography

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