The digital version of Exploring the West from Monticello: A Perspective in Maps from Columbus to Lewis and Clark is based on the printed catalog of the same title. The text of the catalog was written by Guy Meriwether Benson, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, with William Irwin and Heather Moore, Associate Curator of American History and Literature, Special Collections Department.

The initial hypertext markup and design was prepared by Melissa Smith Kennedy, graduate student in the English Department, as a class project for the American Hypertext Workshop of the American Studies Program. The digital version of the catalog was originally prepared using facsimiles of the maps in the exhibition.

Additional digital imaging and hypertext markup was carried out by the staff of the Special Collections Digital Center from original materials in the Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History. When original maps were too large to be digitized, images were prepared using either facsimiles or slides.

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