Historian sells large collection of survey maps

Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 6:21 PM EDT
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Some very unique pieces of Upper Peninsula history have a new home.

Last March, photo historian Jack Deo was trying to sell a large collection of survey maps from the 1800s. The incredibly detailed hand-drawn maps of the U.P. are the collection of the Brothertons, three generations of surveyors, some of the first in Michigan's history.

The maps were purchased by collector Barry Maclean for $35,000. They're now part of his map collection, one of the largest in the world.

"Everything will be made open to the public," said Deo. "You can go there personally to the Maclean collection north of Chicago. It's in Matawa, Illinois or eventually everything will be scanned and online. So any U.P. Researcher can now access these maps and services."

Also included in the collection, original handwritten field notes from William Austin Burt from when he first discovered iron ore at the Negaunee iron formation.