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3 Very Good Resources of Historical Maps for Teachers

April 12, 2016
Yesterday we reviewed an excellent tool teachers can use to create animated multimedia scenarios on a map. Through this tool we discovered some very good resources where history teachers or anyone else interested in past cartography can access a plethora of historical maps.  Some of these maps are copyright friendly and you can download and use them with your students in class.  We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to this list. Enjoy

1- New York Public Library Map Warper

NYPL Map Warper features  a wide collection of historical maps licensed under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. You can use the search functionality within the site to easily locate historical maps. Type in your keywords and select a year and choose whether you want all maps or just rectified maps. Once you find the map you want you can then export or download it in KML format.

2- Historical USGC Maps

This is another great resource of historical maps to use in your instruction. The site offers over 90.000 maps grouped by date ranges. You simply type in the address or city name into the built-in search box and you will b able to access all the historical maps related to that location. You can share maps you find through URLs or download a digital copy of the original map to use for educational purposes.

3- University of Texas Historical Map Collection

University of Texas Libraries has this handy resource where they have curated a huge collection of historical map websites. Use the chart at the top of the page to help you locate maps based on geographical region.

4- Old Maps Online

This is a search engine to use to search for high resolution historical maps from 15th to 20th century. Over 250.000 maps are indexed. When you access this website, it automatically configures your location and will provide you with historical maps related to your area. Alternatively, you can use the search box to search for historical maps from other locations.