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The map is in good condition and has lovely detail and lines. Unfortunately, someone at some time decided to repair it with scotch tape, a big NO NO in archives and conservation in general. So, the map has gone to the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library Conservation Lab to have the tape removed and the fold lines repaired in a more archival fashion. Who knows what the conservation will cost or how long it will take. The conservation of this piece is something I suggested and Director Boles agreed upon. It is a significant Michigan manuscript in its age, quality, and detail.
The map also includes the signature of a George Trustcott. Truscott (1824-) was born in Devon, England. He eventually owned a green house and store on Mackinac Island.
To read more about the map check out the catalog record, which you can find here. http://catalog.lib.cmich.edu/search/X?SEARCH=%28survey%20map%20mackinac%20island%201828%29&SORT=D
The Clarke has many collections, primary and secondary (manuscript and published) documenting various aspects of Mackinac Island. You can do a subject search in the catalog, CENTRA, for Mackinac Island (Mich.) which brings up 52 items (as of December 11, 2013) covering its history, fiction about the island, genealogy, and other topics. There are also items which are not cataloged in the picture, postcard, and vertical files.
If you have any questions about the map or anything archival, please contact Marian Matyn, Archivist of the Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989.774.3990.
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