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Philippe Buache was a member of the Delisle-Buache succession of French cartographers that straddled the eighteenth century, and, as of 1729, was the premier géographe du roi, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law Guillaume Delisle. While his cartographic output didn’t rival that of...

Effective today, Brown University Libraries has launched a new and enhanced Search and Catalogue System, BruKnow.

The JCB Library has embraced this new system, and has its own 'view' of BruKnow, which allows users to automatically limit their searches to the JCB holdings...

I’m tremendously excited and honored to take the helm at the JCB as the next Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian, and to be joining the incredible community at Brown.  I’m grateful to President Paxson, the JCB Board, the search committee, and...


We are excited to announce the appointment of Karin Wulf as Brown’s new Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library.

Karin currently serves as the executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture...

Map of the Month


This striking map is a later edition of the original 1737 plan of the Dutch colony of Suriname made by Prussian engineer, Alexander de Lavaux, who was hired by the Society of Suriname to create a cadastral map, listing property owners and connecting to them...

Map of the Month

In 2020, the JCB acquired a 10 x 17-inch map of the Great Lakes entitled “La Louisiane…”  made in 1695 by Vincenzo Coronelli, and in so doing added a crucial layer to the JCB’s collection of maps of the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi region. 

An image of the map “La Louisiane…”  made in 1695 by Vincenzo Coronelli

This...