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History Research



Scholarly resources in all areas of historical research at Boston College

Geography and Space on Paper

Many historians love maps. They are among our primary sources. They assist with interpretation. And, they are often really pretty. Here is an introduction to a few databases that provide historical maps. 

Globe de Behaim, Allemagne, 1492 (fac-simile)

More Data & Mapping Resources

The databases listed here are just the beginning of our statistical and spatial data collections. See the Data/Statistics/GIS Portal for a more complete list.

Historical Maps Online

Historical Maps: Subscriptions

Map Collections in Boston Archives

For additional help

For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.