The WWII Topographic Map Series Project represents the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection's (LRMC) first 'in-house' digitization project. McMaster University Library wishes to thank the many geography and geology graduates whose generous gifts helped to fund the purchase of a large-format scanner, without which, this project would not have been possible. The over 3,000 maps in the McMaster WWII Map series were electronically captured with a Colortrac SmartLF GX+T56 scanner at 600 dpi optical, 24 bit tonal resolution and saved in .TIF (archival), JPEG (thumbnail) and JPEG2000 (scalable) formats.
We would also like to thank Larry Laliberte, Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Alberta, William C. Wonders Map Library and the staff at the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) with whom we have recently partnered to add an additional 5,000+ maps to our online collection--bringing the total to over 8,000 map images. We intend to continue to partner with other institutions to further expand the collection.
McMaster University LRMC Project Team:
Gord Beck, Map Specialist
Margaret Rutten, Digital Access Specialist (Retired)
Jason Brodeur, Manager, Maps/Data/GIS
Sarah LoConte, Map Collection Student Assistant: Initial testing of equipment, scanning & editing of France 1:250,000 and authoring of procedural documentation.
Karen Tan, Map Collection Student Assistant: Map preparation, scanning, editing, metadata and revision to procedural documentation for all series except those listed below.
Jenny Ni, Map Collection Student Assistant: Map preparation, scanning, editing and metadata for England & Wales, Scotland, Hong Kong, Borneo and the Strategic Map Series.
Sue Burner and Sana Malik, Map Collection Student Assistants: Map preparation, scanning, editing and metadata for Italy 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 series, and Central Europe 1:25,000
Image courtesy of Russell Sanderson (1926-2016) of Hamilton (formerly of Niagara Falls), Ontario.
Russell "Sandy" Sanderson
Sniper-Scout, Scout Platoon
1st Battalion, the Black Watch
Royal Highland Regiment of Canada.
Holland, February 1945.
"Sandy's major duty was reconnaissance. For this, he relied heavily on maps like those in our Holland 1:25,000 scale series. It was my distinct pleasure to have met and talked with Sandy about his use of these maps in the field."--Gord Beck, Map Specialist, Lloyd Reeds Map Collection
"Sandy's" story is now the subject of the History Channel's documentary, Black Watch Snipers (2016).