William Patterson Cumming Map Collection

William Patterson Cumming (1900-1989), 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.

Cumming’s collection of maps were generously donated to the E.H. Little Library of Davidson College, and include forty-eight maps with special interest in the early Southeastern United States. These are supplemented by a smaller number of maps of other parts of the world, as well as commentary and explanation by Dr. Cumming. In addition, Cumming donated his collection of reference materials to the William P. Cumming Map Collection now housed in the Rare Book Room.

 

Guide to the Cumming Map Collection

 

Access the Cumming Maps Online

The Cumming Map Collection has been digitized for public use and can be accessed online.
The maps are also available through NC Digital Maps.

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