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Featured Item: Folklore Music Map of the United States

 By Laura Kane McElfresh. Folklore Music Map of the United States by Dorothea Dix Lawrence, from the Primer of American Music

Featured Collection: The Michigan survey plats, 1816-1860

By Kathleen Weessies. The Michigan survey plats, 1816-1860 This collection consists of 2,466 hand-drawn maps of Michigan’s townships. Between 1816 and 1860, surveyors hired by the United States General Land Office walked and measured every township line and section (mile) line in the State of Michigan. Detailed notes were taken, and from those notes sketched maps were drawn of every survey township. The original plat maps were scanned by the Archives of Michigan and are now discoverable via their website and geographically organized via the BTAA geoportal. The original plat maps of the public land survey of Michigan are a valuable resource for original land survey information, as well as for understanding Michigan’s landscape. The plat maps and the corresponding surveyor’s notes contain detailed information about the original landcover and features of Michigan prior to dense settlement. The public may view each map in an interactive website or download each