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Collecting the Maps of the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the Library of Congress archives visuals about coronavirus, it is documenting a dramatic expansion in the forms and functions of maps — and their makers.
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This interview is adapted from the latest edition of MapLab, CityLab’s biweekly newsletter about maps that reveal and shape our urban spaces. Sign up for the newsletter here.

The 5.5 million-plus maps at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. are so many windows into history. With items from the 13th century to the modern day, the world’s largest repository of geospatial data is always growing, with its keepers on constant lookout for new additions.