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5 Good Resources for Historical Maps

1- David Rumsey map collection

The historical map collection has over 43,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of theWorld, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

2- Mapping History Project

The MHP is designed t provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and illustrations of historical events, developments, and dynamics.

3- Old Maps Online

The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

4- Library of Congress Map Collection

The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form.The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.

5- Historic Map works

This is a historic digital map database of North America and the world and which includes :
  • United States Property Atlases
  • Antiquarian Maps
  • Nautical Charts
  • Birdseye Views
  • Special Collections (Celestial Maps, Portraits, and other historical images)
  • Directories and other text documents