Francisco José de Caldas Map Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0950

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two maps of Colombia comprised of five and three fragments that were created by Francisco José de Caldas in circa 1802-1807. One map depicts part of Antioquia in three fragments. The other map depicts the Cauca Valley in Colombia in five fragments. Also included in the collection are field notes related to the maps created by Caldas.

These maps were made during one of Caldas's several scientific expeditions, likely during his collaboration with Alexander von Humboldt in preparation for his El estado de la geografia del virreinato con relación a la economía y al comercio (1807).

Dates

  • circa 1802-circa 1810; 1883

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Overview

This collection contains two maps of Colombia comprised of five and three fragments that were created by Francisco José de Caldas in circa 1802-1807. One map depicts part of Antioquia in three fragments. The other map depicts the Cauca Valley in Colombia in five fragments. Also included in the collection are field notes related to the maps created by Caldas.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired in 3 installments from Byrd S. Helguera.
Title
Finding Aid for the Francisco José de Caldas Map Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Zach Johnson
Date
February 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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