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Ralph Finos Map Collection at Phillips Academy

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Phillips Academy alumnus Ralph Finos donated this small, eclectic, and beautiful map collection to Phillips Academy in 2018. An analyst of the technology market, he saw maps as an excellent metaphor for the technology market--often poorly understood and imperfect guides for what will happen next.

Finos started collecting maps while browsing through an antique nautical shop in Chatham, Massachusetts and found 16th- and 17th-century atlases and maps to be especially interesting. The oldest maps in this collection are cityscapes and some maps are more like guidebooks for getting from here to there. Many of the items in this collection are tied to places with a family, work, or other personal connection for Ralph Finos: northeast Italy, Japan, and the Maine coast.

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