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U.S. Coastal Survey / A.D. Bache, Superintendent / Sketch C / Showing the Progress of the Survey in Section Hi / From 1843 to 1853/1853, 1853


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This is a collection of 48 maps and related images, the gift of Henry and Kaye Spalding, Jr., Class of 1960. The maps focus on the Chespeake Bay, the body of water that enabled the settlement and development of the state of Virginia. They depict the area between the years of 1590 and 1860, and are drawn by European mapmakers and, as evidenced in later works, those residing in the United States of America.


  • 1853


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use upon request.


From the Collection: 90.8 Megabytes (59 total images. Resized digital scans of the Spalding Collection maps are available through the Hampden-Sydney Archives & Special Collections' Digital Repository.)

From the Collection: 48 Sheets (The original maps in the Henry and Kaye Spalding Collection are framed and displayed throughout the fourth floor of Bortz Library.)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Romance languages

From the Collection: Germanic languages

Physical Description

Washington, U.S. Coast Survey, 1853; One in a series of charts of the Chesapeake Bay area made during the survey of the Bay, begun in 1843, This serves as a key to topographic and hydrographic sheets and shows the triangulation of of the Chesapeake Bay and parts of James, York, and Rappahannock Rivers. Covers areas from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to Cape Henry. The topography was shown along the shoreline from one-half mile to three miles inland. The hydrography measured the depths in the bay and its tributaries. Alexander Dallas Bache, great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin and a graduate of West Point, become the director of the U.S. Coastal Survey in 1843. --From This New Founde Lande: The Henry & Kaye Spalding Map Collection at Hampden-Sydney College, 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections Repository

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