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Annie Olmstead Peet papers

Call Number: MS.LMEC.0002

Scope and Contents

The Annie Olmstead Peet papers consists of manuscript, pre-production and published pictorial maps produced from 1926-1969 by cartographer Annie Olmstead Peet (1888-1973) of Rochester, New York. The maps illustrate subjects such as family migrations and county, city, and town histories of New York and New England areas. It also includes miscellaneous photostats of published maps likely used as references, and three aerial photographs by Peet’s son, Olmstead Peet (1912-2003).


  • 1926 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Please contact the Leventhal Map and Education Center to make a research appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library."

Annie Olmstead Peet (1888-1973)

Annie Olmstead Peet (1888-1973) was an American cartographer who created historical and pictorial maps in the mid-twentieth century. Peet was born in Laurens, New York on August 18, 1888 to Reverend Doctor Edwin Bailey Olmstead and Anna Coralynne Olmstead. She married Mortimer Silas Peet (1881–1929) and had one son, Olmstead Peet (1912-2003). She was a local historian and created maps on the history of places in New York state and of family migrations. She died in 1973 in Rochester, NY.

Olmstead Peet (1912-2003)

Olmstead Peet (1912-2003) was an American aerial surveyor. He was born on May 15, 1912 in Rochester, New York to Mortimer Silas Peet (1881–1929) and Annie Olmstead Peet (1888-1973). He studied civil engineering at Cornell University and attended graduate school at the Institute of Geographical Exploration at Harvard University. He worked at Standard Air Service, Inc., an aerial survey firm in New Jersey. He died March 28, 2003 in Port Leyden, NY.


1 Cubic Feet (20 folders)


The material is arranged as received by the library from the seller.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Murray Hudson, 2015.

Processing Information

The collection came with an accompanying inventory (omitting 2 numbers) and approximately 500 copies of six of Peet’s published maps. One print of each map was retained by the library and the remaining copies were discarded.
Annie Olmstead Peet papers
Frances Pollitt and Lauren Chen
2016 May, encoded 2021 October
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