Interactive Historic Map of Evanston
The map shown below—originally published around 1876** by Theodore Reese—is believed to be the oldest printed map of the city. Much neglected prior to its acquisition by the University Archives, it has now been carefully restored and digitized by the Northwestern University Library, with special thanks due Northwestern's Academic & Research Technologies department. More information and a video feature on the restoration can be found on Northwestern's NewsCenter website. As an interactive map, this can be navigated using the controls in the lower right-hand corner. Lot identification numbers correspond to the historical Evanston real estate records and Evanston city directories held in the Archives, making this a useful tool for tracing the history of a property. More information on these records can be found here.
**In December, 2010, researcher Michael Kelly came to the conclusion, based on such clues as the addresses of the advertisers, that the map was published in the summer of 1871. Read about how he sifted the available evidence to determine the date.
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