Internet Map Sources
The Web is a wonderful source for maps--one reason why
we didn't include many in Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism.
The sites listed below contain all kinds of maps and projections. If you want to
know even more about maps and cartography in general, National Geographic has a
good list of sources.
and Atlases: Microsoft Terraserver [frames]
The ultimate voyeuristic experience. Pick any spot in
the world, and zoom in until you're almost on top of it. But also a good source for
learning about geography.
Electronic Map Library
Created by the Department of Geography at the University of
California, Northridge, the site contains detailed maps of the United States.
General Map Collections
These recent releases from the Library of Congress (LOC) American Memory Project
(last reviewed in the April 30, 1999 Scout Report) highlight some of the gems from the
Librarys Geography and Map Division. The first offering consists of about 200 maps,
dating from the seventeenth century to the present day, of the areas that eventually
became four of Americas finest National Parks: Acadia, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky
Mountains, and Yellowstone. Users may search the maps by keyword or browse by geographic
location (via a clickable map or an alphabetical index), subject, creator, or title. Once
a map is selected, five zoom levels are available to view details. Special presentations
on the history of mapmaking for each of the four parks are also provided. The other two
new LOC features are additions to existing collections. The first of these, the 1562 Map
of America by Diego Gutierrez, has been placed on the Discovery and Exploration Maps
Collection page. Truly one of the LOCs greatest treasures, this handsomely engraved
1562 map of the Americas comes complete with images of sea monsters, exotic wildlife, and
an erupting volcano. A very nice essay by a senior LOC Bibliographer on the map and its
origins is also provided. The final new resource is Abraham Orteliuss _Theatrum
Orbis Terrarum_ (Theater of the World), published in 1570 and "considered the
first true atlas in the modern sense." Located in the special atlases presentation
section on the General Map Collections page, the online _Terrarum_ consists of 181
image pages. Users can view the atlas page-by-page or choose to view the maps only. A
brief essay is also included. [MD]
Atlas of the Twentieth Century
Designed by librarian Matthew White, this sprawling and somewhat idiosyncratic Website
offers hundreds of political, economic, demographic, religious, and historical
cartographies of the countries and continents of the last century. Visitors to this site
can trace the global rise and fall of various political systems through the century,
examine the mapped battle histories of the Mexican Revolution and the two world wars,
compare the size and rate of growth of the worlds largest cities, compare living
conditions across time and countries, and much more. Some of the mappings seem
questionable, such as placing the US in the category of "limited democracy" in
the 1910s and "multi-party democracy" in the 1920s, but the author asserts that
all cartographies are interpretive and that the maps here are drawn from scholarly sources
of statistics or historical events, which he lists. Quite simply, theres too much
fascinating information here graphically represented to quibble too much, though
individuals using it for research or instruction will certainly want to double-check the
authority of some of the claims. [ Scout Report for Social Sciences & Humanities --
March 6, 2001]
Social Science Maps
Good source for basic outline maps for class use or to
include in essays.
of the United States
Excellent maps of the U.S. along with a good set of external
The site allows you to download software to print out maps
from one page in size, to over seven feet. Excellent resource for teachers.
National Atlas of the United
States [frames, Shockwave, .tar.gz]
Geographic Map Machine
Excellent source for basic world maps, political maps, and
Many maps of North American indigenous peoples. There
are historical maps and detailed maps of first nations.
Great source for contemporary and historical maps.
Institute Map Series
"The first installment of the Map Series presents seven
Site Maps covering the ancient Near East (Egypt, Sudan, The Levant, Syria, Turkey, Iraq,
and Iran), locating primary archaeological sites, modern cities, and river courses set
against a plain background. All Site Maps are Simple Conic projections at the same scale
United Nations Cartographics Section [.pdf]
Superb site with physical and political maps, along with maps
regarding issues such as refugees. Check, for example, the number of refugees in central Africa.
This site presents some of the work produced by the
UNs mapping and GIS specialists. Two primary map collections are offered at the site
in .pdf format: general maps (over 100) and deployment maps of peacekeeping missions. Both
can be browsed via a pull-down menu or on separate pages via the toolbar at the top of the
main page. The general maps page organizes maps by region, while the peacekeeping missions
map page offers helpful mission overviews and an archive of maps from past missions.
Additional resources at the site include a geographic names list, information about the
Map Collection of the Dag Hammarskjold Library, and free email notification of new
additions. (Scout Report, 8/6/99)
University of Kansas Map Index
Lots of good sites. Be patient, however, while the
whole index loads.
Fact Book: Reference Maps
Excellent map collection maintained by the CIA.
Collection of digitized antique maps. You can find maps from
6000 BC to 1500. And there is an excellent list of other maps sites on the Web.
Atlas of the United States--Relaunch
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The David Rumsey Collection
focuses on 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. The online
collection is an expanding cross section of images designed to highlight the depth and
breadth of the collection. The digital images and associated descriptive data are ©
Cartography Associates. Read
more about the collection. New! Read
Article about the collection.
Atlas of the Twentieth Century
A wonderful resource. You can get geographic
information by years for living conditions, population, war, government types, etc.
Fun to browse.
Collection -- UGeorgia
James Ford Bell Library's
Historical Map Collection(University of Minnesota)
Map History/History of
Index of Cartographic Images
Illustrating Maps of the Late Medieval Period 1300 - 1500 A.D.
Do you want to see what people of the thirteenth,
fourteenth, and fifteenth century thought the world looked like. This is the way it
was at the beginning of the economic expansion of Europe.
Oregon State System of
Higher Education Historical and Cultural Atlas Resource [Shockwave]
Bodleian Library - Historic Maps
Maps 1847-1909--Library of Congress
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
The Xerox PARC Map Viewer
Look at the world and then zoom to any portion that you want
to see in more detail. Excellent place to download some basic line maps.