Maps

Digitized versions of a number of rare maps housed in the Davidson Special Collections. The majority of these maps are part of the William Patterson Cumming Map Collection.

  • William Patterson Cumming (1900-1989), Davidson class of 1921 alumni and long time professor of English at Davidson College, was also an avid collector and historian of the mapping of North America. In fact, his interest in the history of the cartography of North America earned him a reputation as an international expert on the subject.
    Further details on this collection are available on the Davidson Archives and Special Collections web site .

  • The materials in this collection are made available for use in research, teaching and private study. Texts and images from this collection may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior permission from Davidson College . Although these texts and images are made publicly accessible for the limited uses described above, they are not all in the public domain. Where copyright persists in this material, that right is owned either by Davidson College, the original copyright holder, or by the creators of the object or their descendants. When use is made of these texts and images, it is the responsibility of the user to secure any necessary permissions and to observe the stated access policy, the laws of copyright and the educational fair use guidelines.

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    A Compleat map of North-Carolina from an actual survey
    At top of map: "By Capt. Collett, Governor of Fort Johnston. Engraved by I. Bayly." At lower right: "To Hist most Excellent Majesty George the IIId. King of Great Britain, &c. &c. &c. this Map is host humbly dedicated by His Majesty's most humble obedient & dutiful Subject John Collet." At bottom: "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, May the 1st 1770, by S. Hooper No. 25 Ludgate Hill, London.", William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 394., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Map shows North Carolina west to the Blue Ridge mountains, and parts of Virginia and South Carolina. Relief shown by hachures. Depicts cities and towns, natural features, roads and paths, mills, chapels, landowners, soundings, swamps, pocosins, and forts. Native American tribes mentioned include the Meherrin, Catawba, and Tuscarora. A red line across the state at 35.5 degrees latitude is probably the Granville Line. Prime meridians: London and Currituck Inlet.
    A New Description of Carolina
    Engraver: Francis Lamb Sculp. Depicts the Southeastern United States coast from Cape Charles south to St. Augustine. The map is oriented with north to the right. Relief shown pictorially. The path of explorer John Lederer through North Carolina is depicted, and several of the Native American villages he visited are noted., Sold by Tho. Basset in Fleetstreet and Ric. Chiswell in St. Pauls Churchyard., William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 77., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina.
    A New Mapp of Carolina, A New Map of Carolina
    William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 123., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Map depicts the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, from Cape Charles south to Port Royall. Depth shown by soundings and bathymetric shading. Towns, barrier islands, and rivers are shown. Inset map depicts "A Large Draught of Ashly and Coopers River," including Charleston, S.C., with sailing instructions and soundings. Map is printed with North oriented to the right.
    A New and Accurate Map of North Carolina in North America
    North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Map shows all of North Carolina except the extreme western portion as well as parts of southern Virginia and northern South Carolina. Depicts Quakermeeting houses, forts, courthouses, rivers and streams, and natural features. Relief shown by hachures.
    A New and Accurate Map of the Province of North and South Carolina, Georgia,...
    In cartouche: "Drawn from late Surveys and regulated by Astronl. Observatns. by Eman. Bowen." A note in the center of the map reads, "The Charokee Indians is a Numerous & Warlike Nation; & as they are in Amity & Alliance with the Subjects of ye King of Great Britain, they serve as a powerful Barrier to Carolina & Georgia in ye present War against France & Spain. The Emperor of ye Charokees & the King of ye Catawaas renew'd their League of Friendship with Gov'r Glenn at Charles Town in Sth. Carolina in May 1745.", William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 263., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Map shows forts, Native American settlements, a description of the Cherokee tribe, courthouses, forts, and natural features. The Meherrin Indians and "Tuskeruro Indians" (Tuscarora) are shown in eastern North Carolina. "Welch (Welsh) Settlemts" are shown near Wilmington, and "Palatine Settlemts" west of New Bern. Relief shown pictorially.
    A New and Accurate Map of the Provinces of South Carolina in North America.
    North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Published in Universal Magazine, Vol. 54, June 1779, page 281. Depicts rivers, towns and villages, and the 1772 and 1779 boundary lines between North and South Carolina.
    A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole province of...
    In cartouche: "To the Right Honourable George Dunk Earl of Halifax First Lord Commissioner; and to the Rest of the Right Honourable and Honourable Commissioners for Trade and Plantations This Map is most Humbly Inscribed to their Lordships By their Lordships Most Obedient & most devoted humble Sevt. Thos. Jefferys." Bottom of map: "Printed for Robt. Sawyer at No. 53 in Fleet Street, & Thos. Jefferys at the Corner of St. Martins Lane, Charing Cross, London.", William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 449., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Shows northern North Carolina, Virginia, and parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. Relief shown pictorially. The North Carolina section of the map includes forts, ferries, natural features, and "The Trading Path Leading to the Catawbah & Cherokee Indian Nations." Notes along the bottom of the map describe the surveying of the border between Virginia and North Carolina. Prime meridians: London and Philadelphia. Includes distance chart. Numbered on verso: "20 -- 21."
    A new and exact plan of Cape Fear River from the bar to Brunswick
    Under title: "The shoals are very uneven and full of oyster banks within the river near the mouth, and higher up, sandy and uneven the sands and oyster banks in many places dry. The water rises at the bar 6 feet at a common tide, within the bar there is from 4 to 7 fathom water for six or seven miles, then the shallows for 3 or 4 miles where there is but 14 feet at high water." At bottom of map: "Printed for Robert Sayer in Fleet Street and Thomas Jeffreys the corner of St. Martins Lane in the Strand.", William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 368., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Depths shown by soundings. Depicts Cape Fear River. Prime meridian: London. Includes notes.
    A new discription of Carolina by the order of the Lords Proprietors., First...
    William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 70., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Covers Atlantic coast from St. Augustine to James Town. Relief shown pictorially. Oriented with north to right. Includes inset [ca. 1:190,080]: "Charles Town, Ashley and Cooper rivers"
    A new map of Carolina
    Below title: "By Philip Lea at the Atlas and Hercules in Cheapside, London.", William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 104., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Relief shown pictorially. Depths shown by soundings. Prime meridian: [Cadiz]. Second state. Includes 2 insets: "Ashley & Cooper River, a perticuler map for the going into Ashley and Cooper Rivers [Scale ca. 1:203 000]"--"Table of the names of such settlements as are upon Ashly and Cooper rivers & other adjacent places." Images of wild animals such as boars, deer, wolves, turkeys and raccoons are shown on land, and sailing vessels and sea monsters are depicted in the ocean.
    A new map of the English empire in America viz Virginia, New York, Maryland,...
    Below scale: "A scale of 300 miles." Above title: "Most humbly inscrib'd to Herver Edgly Herver of Clapham Esq. &c." Lower right corner: "I. Harris Sculp:." Watermark: Strasburg Lily and H. D., William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 119., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Map of North America, including Canada and the United States, as far west as the Mississippi River. Shows colonies, rivers, cities, forts, mountains, trees, banks and shoals in the Atlantic, and mines. Two inset maps: "The harbour of Boston or Massachusetts Bay" and "A generall map of the coasts & isles of Europe, Africa and America."
    Carolina
    Under title: "By H. Moll Geographer. 1729." Lower right corner: "The English claim the property of Carolina from Lat. 29 &c. degrees as part of Cabot's discoveries who set out from Bristol in 1498, at the charge of King Henry ye 7th but they did not take possession of that country until King Charles the II's time in 1663. who granted a patent to divers persons to plant all the territories within the North Lat. of 31 to 36 deg. and so west in a direct line to the South Sea.", William P. Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, Third Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Map 206., Originally in: Atlas minor. London 1729. No. 51., North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina., Covers Atlantic coast from C. Charles to "The South Bounds of Carolina." Relief shown pictorially. Shows counties, coastal settlements, paths westward, location of Indian tribes, and natural features. Prime meridian: London.

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