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Equipment and Supplies

Aerial Photograph Sleeves

Atlantic Protective Pouches P.O. Box 1191 Toms River, NJ 08754 USA Telephone: 1-732-240-3871 Toll Free: 1-800-405-3871 Fax: 1-732-240-4306

E. Gerber Products, LLC. 1720 Belmont Avenue – Suite C Baltimore, MD 21244 Toll Free: 1-800-79-Mylar Outside US: 1-410-944-4200 Fax: 1-410-944-9363

Picture Pocket Corp. 242 Bingham Drive, Ste. 104 San Marcos, CA 92069 Telephone: 1-760-744-2425 Toll Free: 1-800-369-0852 Fax: 1-760-744-5285

Atlas Shelving and Map Cabinet Vendors

Bradford Systems Corporate Office 8700 Waukegan Rd., Suite 110 Morton Grove, IL. 60053-210 Telephone: (847) 965-5070 Fax: (847) 965-5247

Engineer Supply

Mayline Group 619 N. Commerce P.O.Box 728 Sheboygan, WI 53082-0728 Telephone: (920) 457-5537 Fax: (920) 457-7388

Richards-Wilcox, Inc. 600 South Lake Street Aurora, IL 60506 Telephone: (630) 897-6951 Fax: (630) 897-6994

Safco Products, Inc. 9300 West Research Center Road New Hope, Minnesota 55428 Telephone: (800) 328-3020

Steel Fixture Manufacturing Co. P.O. Box 917 Topeka, KS 66601-0917 Telephone: (785) 233-8911 Fax: (785) 233-8477 Map Cabinet Vendors

Map Cabinet Weights

Catherine I. Bahn published an article giving the weight of loaded map cabinets in the SLA Geography & Map Division Bulletin, Volume 46, pages 3-17. This article was reprinted on pages 364-384 of Drazniowsky’s Map Librarianship: Readings (Scarecrow Press, 1975). The Geography and Map Division has given WAML permission to post Figure 1, showing the Weight of Map Cases on this site.

Map Preservation Supplies

Hollinger/MetalEdge – PO Box 8360. Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8360. Phone: 800-634-0491 Fax: 800-947-8814. Email:

Gaylord Brothers – PO Box 4901. Syracuse, NY 13221-4901. Phone: (800)448-6160 Fax: 800-272-3412 E-Mail Gaylord

University Products,Inc. – P.O. Box 101. 517 Main Street. Holyoke, MA 01041 Phone: 800-628-1912. Fax: 800-532-9281. Outside US and Canada: Phone: 413-532-3372. Fax: 413-532-9281 Email:

Map Scale Indicator

Clear plastic map scale indicators: Available for $20.00 (US or Canadian) from Dr. Clifford H. Wood, 66 Meredith Drive, P.O. Box 225, Ilderton, ON, CANADA N0M 2A0, drchwood(at)

Also see the Scale Finder Program, a program that can convert linear scales to representative fractions and vice-versa.

Map Trucks

  • Andrew, Paige G., 1996. A Case for Moving Maps with Care: A Review of Map Trucks. WAML Information Bulletin vol. 28, pages 15-23.
  • Withers, Marianne M., 1992. Moving Maps at the Virginia State Library and Archives. SLA Geography & Map Division, Bulletin no. 168, pages 24-27.
  • Duke University’s U-boat – blog post

Map Tubes

Ben Meadows – Sells telescoping map tubes. Forestry Suppliers – Has waterproof cardboard tubes as well as a sectional plastic tube available. Office Depot – Has several sizes of Map Tubes available. Office Max – Has a wide assortment of map tubes available. Stamp for Map Call Numbers / Four Line Stamp – Gaylord sells a Rubber Stamp Kit that can be used to build a stamp for call numbers or other purposes.

Storing Wall Maps

Togashi, Ross R., 1998. Wall map storage methods: a photo essay. Western Association of Map Libraries Information Bulletin v. 29, no. 2, p. 67-84.

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