The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections library has more than 16 million objects on its shelves. Scholars and students use many of the manuscripts, photographs and letters, but most of the collections sit in boxes, unused for decades.

A new blog from Special Collections, Notes from Under Grounds, brings some of these lesser-viewed items to light. One recent post shows some of the library's most beautiful map holdings. A peek at a world map from the 1662 Blaeu Atlas, considered the finest one published in its time, reveals how similar, and yet how very different, the world was thought to be.