Who We Are & What We Do
The Lloyd Reeds Map Collection was started in 1948 by McMaster geography Professor Lloyd George Reeds (read his story) and today consists of a wide variety of maps and geographical resources, including local collections of fire insurance plans and aerial photos. The collection also contains thousands of historical maps, many of which have been digitized and made available online in order to support research worldwide. The current collection contains more than 130,000 paper maps, 18,000 air photos, and 3,000 atlases.
For a list of our most versatile and heavily used resources see:"Hamilton Area Historical Research Resources." The information these resources contain can be applied to environmental assessments, heritage restoration, genealogy, archaeology, human and physical geography, and much more.
The Centre has PC workstations with specialized cartographic and statistical software as well as its own flexible classroom with SmartBoard that seats up to 40 students and converts quickly to a study area with tables when not in use. Specialized equipment such as stereoscopes, planimeters, and opisometers can be obtained from staff for use with maps and air photos in the Map Collection.
Members of the general public are welcome, however, some resources and services may be limited to McMaster affiliates only.