American Presidents and Politics

Rufus Blanchard and William Reynolds, Reynold's Political Map of the United States, 1856

The Map Collection of Barry MacLean, a Chicago businessman, is an ongoing effort to assemble the largest collection of late eighteenth through mid-nineteenth century American maps in one place.  The Collection consists of more than forty thousand maps and books that date from the fifteenth century to the present.  It includes a broad range of media and formats such as globes, wall maps, sheet maps, pocket maps, case maps, atlases, manuscript maps, relief maps, pictorial maps, Portolan charts, posters, cartographic games, and puzzles.  The Collection has cartographic material covering all parts of the world, but its strengths include maps of the discovery and exploration of the Americas, in particular the Great Lakes, maps and atlases of American states and counties, British county maps, nineteenth century American maps, wall maps, East Asian maps, and maps of the world. 

The MacLean Collection is proud to present the exhibition American Presidents and Politics: Selections from the MacLean Collection, which features both presidential and more broadly political maps in order to demonstrate mapping’s central role in American history.  Highlights include several nineteenth-century maps used as propaganda to promote and inform the public about presidential elections.  The exhibition is curated by MacLean Collection intern Meghan Angelos and will be on view October 28th through 30th in the G.A.R. Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St).                                                                                                             

The exhibition is curated by Meghan Angelos of the MacLean Collection, and will be on view October 28th through 30th in the G.A.R. Rotunda on the 2nd floor of the Chicago Cultural Center.