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Historical Objects



Offering an overview of finding and using Primary Sources.

Maps and History

emptyBecause of that human involvement, maps become historical sources for both understanding the world and the people looking at it. Maps (like the 15th c. Kangnido map or 17th c. Pierre Du Val maps to the right) are, in short, one of the fascinating avenues for studying historical world views. 

emptyOn this page, you will find links to large map collections in various digital repositories around the world. These collections focus on worlds, state, and regions. Be aware that local repositories--not featured here--can be excellent places to find town and regional maps. For resources on maps as a part of Digital Scholarship (DS), visit BC's Digital Scholarship portal.

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    The databases listed here are just the beginning of our statistical and spatial data collections. See the Digital Scholarship Portal for a more complete list.

    Broad Digital Collections

    Further Digital Map Collections

    Historical Depictions of the World

    Maps of Historical Import

    3d Maps and Mapping Ephemera

    Maps of Africa

    Maps of China

    Maps of the Mediterranean

    US Specific Collections

    US City Collections

    Remember to check broader collections for more maps. Check out BC Libraries' Urban History Guide for city plans and architectural designs.