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Finding Maps in the Map Library

Nirenstein National Realty Map Collection

The Nirenstein National Realty Map Collection is a product of the now-disbanded Nirenstein National Realty Map Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, established in 1925 by Nathan Nirenstein.

The primary purpose of the atlases, when printed, was to serve as detailed and in-depth information guides to urban and suburban businesses and shopping centers across North America, including the Dominion of Canada.

The atlases housed in the Kent State Map Library collection span publication dates roughly from 1925 to 1958, when production of the atlases ceased, and cover a wide range of geographic areas. The primary index for the atlases, found in the front of all 12 copies, describes the atlases as containing “Complete and Accurate Information on Business Locations, such as “the percentage of locations,” “history of the city,” “principle industries,” “chain stores,” and “aerial views.” It lists itself as “the standard reference for banks, chain stores, colleges, insurance companies, investors, libraries, realtors, state, country and municipal offices,” as well as declaring itself as an authoritative source, stating that it is “Compiled from original records, private plans and actual surveys by M.L. Bowers, Civil Engineer, Springfield, Mass., under the personal direction of Nathan Nirenstein with the assistance of [multiple] engineers.” (Nirenstein Index, p. 2).

Finding Aid to the Collection This is a link to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file