Title:Historical Map Collection Web Site
Authors:David Rumsey
Publication:MW2001: Museums and the Web 2001

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Web site includes over 4,400 high-resolution images of rare maps from Rumsey's collection of more than 150,000 maps of the Americas, one of the largest private map collections in the U.S. The site is powered by Luna Imaging's Insight software. Launched on March 15, 2000, Rumsey's site was the first Luna-designed site to go public with unlimited access to users without charge. This paper will discuss issues surrounding the site's purpose, design, and operation, including metadata management, digital image creation and preservation, site usage and economics, sharing web based archives, and future directions for online collections.