The John Feathers Map Collection

This lovely video is an interview with Los Angeles Public Library map librarian Glen Creason. He tells the story of a house in Los Angeles whose owner, John Feathers, died, leaving behind a massive collection of more than 10,000 maps, street guides, atlases, and globes. The house was slated for destruction, and Feathers had left no will. It was only because the real estate agent had read an article written by Creason and contacted him, that the collection was saved. “Everywhere I looked in the house, there’s maps,” Creason says. “It’s almost like he wanted to collect every map ever made.” There’s more on the back story here. And the article on the Beat Generation map that Creason mentions in the interview is here.

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