Scholars see 17th century documents at the John Carter Brown Library

Scholars attending a related symposium gathered at the John Carter Brown Library on April 11, 2019 to view a selection of 17th century archival selections.

The 13,000 books in the Library constitute one of the four largest collections of early American imprints in the world and include many texts and maps pertaining to New England in the 17th century.

Assistant Librarian for Research & Reference Services Kimberly Nusco welcomes the group to a side room where the selections were on display for a limited time.

Included among the maps held by the Library are one of the eastern coast of North American by Dutch cartographer Jan Jansson and embellished by Nicolacs Visscher in 1661 and a 1605 engraving of Port St. Louis/Wampanoag homelands by Samuel de Champlain.

An Indian deed of Warwick, Rhode Island, signed by Miantonomo, Sachem of the Narragansetts in 1643 is included along with a 1665 edition of the Eliot Bible that the group examines.

Mount Holyoke College Associate Professor of History Christine DeLucia (right)  points to a copy of “A Mapp of New England” by John Seller, Hydrographer to the King, from 1676 while Library Director Neil Safier was on hand to answer questions about the collection. (photo from