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Reference: Maps: Historical

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David Rumsey Collection
- Thousands of high-resolution digital images of maps from the David Rumsey Collection, one of the largest private collections of historic maps in the US. Focus is 18th and 19th c. North and South America cartographic materials.

Abandoned Mines of Colorado Springs & El Paso County
Locates mine shafts around Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Antiquarian Maps at the Reed College Library
Collection of 100 maps from around the world, 15th to 19th century. Reed College Library, Oregon.

Antique Maps of the Pacific Ocean
Antique maps (pre-1800) for the Pacific Ocean and its islands.

Athena Review Image Archive: New World Maps and Site Plans
Maps of Columbus' voyages, 16th c. Central and South America.

Athena Review Image Archive: Old World Maps and Site Plans
Maps of Roman Gaul, 60 - 50 BC.

Atlas Coelestis
Celestial cartography maps.

Bodleian Library - The Map Case
Sample of images from Oxford's collection, focusing on Great Britain.

Boundaries of the Contiguous United States
Animation showing the evolution of state boundaries in the United States from the original 13 colonies to its present state.

Canada at Scale: Maps of our History
National Archives of Canada online exhibition with large collection of digital maps and historical explanation. 16th to 19th century maps of Canada and North America.

Chorographia Britanniae
Images and commentary on the Chorographia Britanniae, an atlas of the counties of England and Wales, first published in 1742 by Thomas Badeslade and William Henry Toms.

Diego Gutierrez Map of America, 1562
Western Hemisphere map; site includes historical information with scrolling and zooming map viewer.

Discus Media 1900 European Maps Collection
Collection of over 800 images of maps displaying the Old World as it looked like about 100 years ago. City maps, area maps.

Exploring Florida
Includes hundreds of Florida maps and detail views from 1584 to the present.

50 detailed maps of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, the Balkans, and the Baltics from the 1882 Blackie and Sons atlas. Federation of East European Family History Societies.

Finland History
Maps showing the history of the Finnish-related people of Russia. Includes maps of city locations, name changes, and much commentary.

Finland Info
Antique maps showing Finland in relation to the rest of Europe. Maps from 15th c. to modern. Includes some historical commentary.

F.Y.R. Macedonia from Antiquity to Present Day
Macedonia from 1477 to 1928. Downloadable.

Great Britain maps, 16th through 19th century, divided into counties and regions.

Comprehensive package of interactive historical maps

Germany at the End of the 18th Century
Maps of different parts of Germany at the end of the 18th century drawn by the author and links to maps of the same period show the political division of Germany
Old maps of Gleadless, Norton and surrounding areas of southern Sheffield, England.

Henry Davis Cartographic Images
300 high-resolution images of period maps divided into Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. Emphasis on world maps.

Historical Atlas of the 20th Century
Large collection of color-coded atlas maps showing world population, governments, wars, and other historical trends. Many include brief historical commentaries.

History Link 101 Map Page
Collection of historical and educational maps of ancient Africa, China, Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, Middle Ages and Prehistoric Man.

Holy Roman Empire 1789-1815
German states and principalities from 17th to 19th c.

Images of Early Maps on the Web
Comprehensive list of sites containing historical maps.

India Political History
20 political maps of India from the ancient times to the modern. Also includes a brief history of India.

James Ford Bell Library
30 explorer and mariner maps of 15th to 19th century, concentrating on world maps and the Americas. Most maps can be zoomed in to see details. University of Minnesota.

Japanese Historical Maps from UC Berkeley
Online gallery of 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. Collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949.

Twenty maps of the city of Jerusalem from 6th to 19th century with commentary from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

John Snow's London, 1859
A historical map with sites of Victorian London during the time of Dr. John Snow (1813-58), the prominent epidemiologist and anesthesiologist.

King County Aerial Photos: Historical vs Recent
Aerial photographs from the 1930's, 1970's, and 1990's illustrating the growth of several areas in King County, WA.

Le Grand Atlas by Johan Blaeu
Images of the French Edition (1667, 12 Volumes) of Le Grand Atlas by Johan Blaeu.

Map Reference
A Web bibliography of non-printed reference material on the history of maps and cartography.
On-line magazine about antique maps with articles about mapmaking, exhibits, and classified ads.

Michican Historical Museum : What's Cool About Maps?
The "What's Cool About Maps" exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing, features 29 historic maps of the Great Lakes region from 1669 to 1882.

Michigan & the Great Lakes
Images and descriptions of the history of the Great Lakes as depicted in actual maps from 1571 to 1865. Includes significant maps of French, English and American periods.

OSSHE Historic Atlas Resource Library
Socio- and political maps of 18th and 19th century United States; classical age Mediterranean. Some maps require Shockwave plug-in.

Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
Maps showing political status of Europe and Mediterranean basin at the end of each century from AD 1 to AD 2000, plus maps of historical battle sites. Site in English and French.

Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection
University of Texas-Austin Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection. 200+ links to other map collections; emphasis on 19th century America maps.

Prehistoric Globalization
Maps that change history. Paper on maps predating Columbus including a section on fraudulent maps.

Roman Maps : Tacitus
Maps of areas referred to by Cornelius Tacitus in "The Histories", A.D. 1.

Ryhiner Map Collection
16th to 18th c. maps of Germany, Switzerland, and France from the University and Canton archives from the University of Bern in Switzerland.

San Jose State University Art of Cartography
20 maps of the New World, India, Africa, and Asia from 16th and 17th century. Includes 2 11th century Arabic maps.

Trenches on the Web - WWI Map Room
World War I Western Front maps, including trench locations for major battles.

Turkey in Maps
On-line exhibitions of antique maps of Turkish Empire and Asia Minor (present day Turkey).

United States 1895 Atlas
Large images grouped by state from an 1895 US Atlas.

United States Digital Map Library
Online archive of state, county, and treaty maps.

United States Library of Congress Map Collections
Searchable collection of digitized maps in the public domain from North America, 1544-1996. Grouped into categories: cities, environment, exploration, immigration, military, and transportation.

United States NOAA Office of Coast Survey
Nautical charts and sketches of the United States coast from the 18th and 19th c. sorted by state.

University of Virginia: Maps from Columbus to Lewis and Clark
Period maps and atlases from 1507 to 1805 focusing on the exploration of the central and western US.

US Historical Topographic Maps
Historical topographic maps of US East Coast states from 19th and early 20th century, scanned from original US Geological Survey maps

100 black and white WWII maps indexed by date, many with troop movement and battle locations indicated.

Wyoming Historical Maps
Wyoming state maps depicting the emigrant trails of the late 1800s. Eleven maps prepared by L. C. Bishop available in small to large resolutions.

Yale University Map Collection
200 period maps and globes from 16th to 19th c., including world, continent, and city maps. Majority of maps are New World. Includes Lada-Mocarski, Cross, and Lanman map collections.


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