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About the Site

This site is a joint project of the Jewish National and University Library and the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It was made possible by generous grants of David and Fella Shapell (The JNUL digitization project) and the Hebrew University's Historic Cities Research Project.
The site contains maps of Jerusalem, and basic information concerning the map-makers and the history of cartography in Jerusalem. In the very near future we will index many of the maps and upload aerial photographs and modern maps and paintings of the city.

While the maps themselves are all in the public domain, the digital images are the property of the Jewish National and University Library and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. You are welcome to link to the site or to specific images (crediting the site and its creators: The Jewish National and University Library and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dept. of Geography, Historic Cities Research Project). No commercial use or publication of any of the images is allowed without our written permission (for permission or further information, click on the 'Contact us' icon on the project main page).

We would like the site to contain reference to similar material on the web. We are looking, therefore, for the collaboration of scholars and amateurs, librarians and collectors, who want to share their Jerusalem maps with the public or want our help to do so. Please let us know. We will add links to your material for the benefit of us all, crediting you for the work you did. If needed, we will supply you with the technical know-how.


The Eran Laor Cartographic Collection

Eran Laor, 1900-1990This beautiful collection of ancient maps of Jerusalem is part of a
large collection of maps of Eretz Israel and its surroundings, ancient
maps of the world and early printed atlases, as well as books of
itineraria (travel). This extraordinary collection was donated in 1975
to the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem by its
famous collector Eran Laor.

Eran Laor started this collection in 1947 and very soon it became one of the world's famous collections. The lovers of maps as well as historians have now the opportunity to see them via the Internet.

The late Mr. Laor donated his magnificent collection of maps, books and atlases to the Jewish National and University Library in 1975.
Author of: Maps of the Holy Land, New York, 1986

 

People behind the project

Uriel Abulof

Webmaster. PhD student, International Relations Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Specializes in web-based research & learning.
The Faculty of Social Sciences & The University Multimedia Center.


Prof. Elhanan Adler

Deputy Director for Information Technology, The Jewish National and University Library


Irina Asviyan

Technical assistant, Photographic Department, Jewish National and
University Library


Halely David-Elazar

Graphic designer & illustrator in multimedia. Worked as a Lead Designer in Snunit and Addwise Web projects.


Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum

Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, 91905, Jerusalem, Israel. Academic head of the Historic Cities Research Project (http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il) and of the Vadum Iacob Research project.
Medievalist, cultural geographer and the author of:
R. Ellenblum, Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998.


Masha Halevi

Co-webmaster and co-director of the Jerusalem Web Archives [a joint project of the Israeli Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian al-Quds University] a graduate student who specializes in the history of Christianity in Jerusalem.


Emil Israel

A research assistant at the Jerusalem Web Archives [a joint project of the Israeli Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian al-Quds University] a graduate student who specializes in Urban and Regional Studies and Transportation research.


Shoshana Klein

Librarian at the Jewish, National and University Library since 1966. Curator of the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection since it was established. Assisted Mr. Laor in the compilation of the book: Maps of the Holy Land, New York, 1986.


Ayelet Rubin

Librarian, Eran Laor Cartographic Collection, Jewish National and University Library.


Prof. Rehav Rubin

Prof. Rehav Rubin is an associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main field is Historical Geography. He studies the history of cartography, maps and mapmaking, especially those of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He published many articles in this area and two books:


Orly Simon

Head, Information Technology Department, Jewish National and
University Library


Israel Weiser

Head, Photographic Department, Jewish National and University Library.


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