The British Library is in the process of digitizing the Klencke Atlas. The Klencke is the world’s second largest and one of some 50,000 maps and atlases formerly owned by King George III. The British Library is approximately one quarter through the very large project and plans to put the whole collection online for open access once the process is complete. This interesting piece of information came from Teleread in their article, “British Library digitizes world’s second biggest atlas, George III’s map collection, by George!”

The British Library holds what many consider the world’s most extensive and important collection of British topographic materials, including George III’s King’s Topographical Collection, currently being re-catalogued.

The collection includes hundreds of thousands of images and texts, including unique compilations of prints and drawings, rare first editions, maps, extra-illustrated books, and handwritten notes across the collections.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.