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Historical Map Images on the Web



Antique Maps

This is a map collector's handbook designed for the general collector rather than a specialist. It addresses various subjects including map making, collecting, and map makers. Full biographies are reserved for prominent figures in mapmaking and coverage is limited to full atlases, although some important maps are included.

Concise Bibliography of the History of Cartography

This selected bibliography was compiled by Robert Karrow, Jr. of the Newberry Library. An author, title, and subject index is available for the bibliography.

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Cartographic Images

A large selection of historically significant maps arranged by time period (ancient through renaissance) maintained by Jim Seinbold. The site contains 440 maps as well as a concise bibliography for each time period.

Historical Maps

An extensive selection grouped by continent and region. These are available by the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas. The site also contains extensive links to other historical map sites.

Map History/History of Cartography Gateway

A comprehensive site created and maintained by Tony Campbell of the British Library and dedicated to the study of early maps and associated resources. Additional images are available on the WWW- The Virtual Library: History:

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Antiquarian Maps

This collection contains early images from the Yale University Library Map Collection that are categorized by region.

Interactive Ancient Mediterranean Maps

This Interactive Ancient Mediterranean (IAM) Map web site offers downloadable maps in PDF and other common formats. Maps are available that depict the Mediterranean, Europe, and other relevant areas dating from approximately 1000 B.C. to around 640 A.D. The maps show ancient cities and physical relief in color and can be selected from a list by using a clickable index.

Atlas Historique Periodique: Cartes historiques d'Europe de l'an l a lan 1400

This site provides historical maps of Europe and the Mediterranean Region from 1 A.D. to 1400 A.D.

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century

Many of the maps in this atlas are interactive. Users can zoom in and get more detail. Explanation of the topic is available on the legend of each map. Users can also browse page by page through a specific subject.

Mapping History (University of Oregon)

This site contains interactive historical maps and cultural images developed at the University of Oregon for pedagogical uses. Shockwave plug-in is required for use on some maps.

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American Memory Map Collection: 1544-1999

Map Collection, dating from 1544 until 1999 consists of images of maps in the Library of Congress' collection. Images are grouped in these categories:

Cities and Towns Conservation and Environment (includes sub-category of National Parks), Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication (includes sub-category of railroad maps), and General Maps.
Map images may be viewed by keyword, subject, creator, geographic location, and titles, or users may search the map collection as a whole.

Canada at Scale: Maps of Our History

This site online exhibit of maps from the National Archives of Canada chronicles the evolution of cartography in Canada, with sections on government cartography and exploration and colonization.

Canadian Heritage Galleries

A collection of Canadiana on the Internet sponsored by the Canadian government. This site contains not only maps and city plans but also images and documents from Canada's past.

David Rumsey Collection: Historical Maps

The David Rumsey Collection web page contains over 6,800 online historical maps. "The Collection focuses on the 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic materials. The collection includes atlases, globes, school geographies, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps including pocket, wall, children's, and manuscript maps." Available on the web site are two tools to enhance access and use the maps. One is an Insight Java Client browser, which enhances printing, zooming, and panning; the GIS browser enables the user to overlay current geo-spatial data with the map.

Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection

Web site contains maps of America, with an emphasis on the South; divided categories include the new world, colonial America, revolutionary America, and American Civil War.

Historical Map and Chart Collection (U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey)

This collection, accessible through NOS Map Finder, contains several thousand maps dating from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s and includes nautical charts, hydrographic and topographic surveys, city plans, and Civil War battlefield maps. Images can be either viewed online or downloaded.

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Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Illinois cities are available at this site. Users have the ability to manipulate maps including zoom in and overlay of maps from differing years. (Maps are only available to SIUE users)

Federal Township Plats of Illinois

Federal Township Plats, 1804-1891, consists of hand-drawn maps of Illinois townships of six miles square and fractional townships showing natural and man-made features and vegetation. Also includes a link to the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, which contains names of the first purchasers of the tracts of lands found on Illinois plats. The library also has the Federal Land Surveyors Field Notes for Illinois. These are located in the Microforms area.

Historical Maps Online

This site contains images of maps charting the last 400 years of historical development in Illinois and the Northwest Territory including USGS topographic maps. Site is arranged by topic category and has a search engine for locating maps.

Illinois County Boundaries, 1790-Present

Most of the information for these maps came from the Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties published by the Secretary of State.

Maps Of Missouri

"Maps of Missouri illustrates the many ways maps convey times, places, and events. Approximately 100 maps of Missouri cities, towns, counties and the state are included in the exhibit. Most of the maps were created between the beginning of the nineteenth through the early twentieth century and appeared as single sheet maps or sections of atlases."

Missouri Historical Maps

This site contains political boundary maps of Missouri dating from 1804 to 1860.

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Historical Celestial Atlases on the Web

This site contains links to six celestial atlases and five virtual exhibits relating to celestial atlases.

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Historical City Maps

The maps at this site detail American and European cities and are provided by the Yale University Library Maps Collection.

Historic Cities

The site provides access to maps, literature, documents, books, and other relevant material concerning the past, present, and future of historic cities. The information on the site can be searched by city, year, or mapmaker.

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Atlas of Cyberspace

This is an atlas of maps and graphic representations of the geographies of the new electronic territories of the internet, the world wide web, and other emerging cyberspaces. Also contains an electronic newsletter entitled Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin and a link to a discussion group.

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