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As a small boy, John Henry Wilbrandt Stuckenberg emigrated to the U.S. from Germany and later served as an Army chaplain during the Civil War. Over the course of his life, Stuckenberg returned to Germany several times and it was while living in Germany that Stuckenberg purchased the majority of his collection. Upon his death in 1903, he left Gettysburg College his personal library. It contained a vast collection of maps, atlases, and personal items that belonged to the famed geographer and explorer, Alexander Von Humboldt. The Special Collections Department at the College has digitized many of his treasures, and placed them online here for use by the general public. Some of the cartographers featured here include Matthias Seutter, Willem Janszoon Blaeu, and Tobias Conrad Lotter. Visitors can search the entire collection by keywords, or they can also just click on sections such as "City", "Region", and "Country". The "Cities" area offers more than a few gems, including a 1777 map of Philadelphia and an 1832 rendering of Lisbon. Moving on, the "Country" area includes a 1579 map of Mexico and an 1808 map of Finland.
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