|New York Map Society
The Geography and Map Division of the U.S. Library of Congress has the
largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world: over 5.5
million maps, 80,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe
gores, 3,000 raised relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials
in other formats, including over 38,000 CDs/DVDs. Their online Map Collections
represent only a small fraction that have been converted to digital form.
Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library is one of the world’s
premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and
intensity of use. Established in 1898, our holdings include more than 433,000
sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 15th and
21st centuries. Maps and atlases documenting the urban environment
throughout the world represent a core strength of the collection, with the
historical New York City map holdings among the deepest and most heavily
used anywhere. With over 20,000 maps illustrating the city and its five
boroughs before 1922 (often to the building level), this collection is a critical
support to many researchers of the local environment.
The David Rumsey Map Collection Database has over 57,000 historical maps
and images online, including rare 16th through 20th century North American
and South American maps, and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of
the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. The collection is
used to study history, art, genealogy, explorations, and family history.
Retired British Library Map Librarian Tony Campbell runs the Map History /
History of Cartography site: "Old maps, early maps — non-current maps in
general — are the subject of this site. Whether you are an academic, family
historian, collector, teacher, parent or surfer - welcome! Use this site to find
worthwhile free information about old maps, both on the web and in the real
world. The site's 120 'pages' offer comment and guidance, and over 6,500
annotated links selected for relevance and quality."
The British Library Map Collection's online gallery contains some of the
world's finest early maps, such as Matthew Paris' Map of Great Britain and
The Anglo-Saxon Mappa Mundi, as well as selections from several
collections, such as the Crace Maps of London. Many are available via an
interactive viewer and are accompanied by extensive curator's notes. Over
1100 maps are available via the picture library. See the link for "First Atlas of
Europe" for an interactive presentation of the complete volume of Mercator's
16th century Atlas of Europe.
Map articles of interest:
- "Comparing 18th Century Maps of New York State Using Digital Imagery."
(This article is largely based on two presentations. The first was given at a
joint meeting of the California Map Society and the Western Association
of Map Librarians (WAML) at the Huntington Library in January, 2007. The
second was delivered in New York City at a meeting of the Northeast Map
Organization (NEMO) in June, 2007. A version of this article, with minor
differences, was posted on the web site of New York Map Society in 2007.)
Map and Print Framing:
J. Pocker Bespoke Frames and Prints Since 1926, is a third-generation family
business now run by New York Map Society Sustaining Member Robyn
Pocker. "New York’s premier source for the finest in custom framing" now
has four locations in the metro area: 135 East 63rd St. in Manhattan,
Bronxville in Westchester, and Greenwich and Westport in Connecticut.
"From the Sixteenth century, Italian, then Dutch and French, German, and
English cartographers took their turns mapping the vast African continent, freely
borrowing from each other; only updating what they could, which was little –
mostly river placement. Time passed, rife with the possibility of a fanciful
creation out of whole cloth, and such a creation came to be in the form of the
Mountains of Kong. The Mountains of Kong, and their counterparts to the east,
the Mountains of the Moon were, along with the island of California, one of the
most persistent cartographic fallacies ever put to paper. Amazingly, good and
trustworthy geographic and cultural knowledge of deepest and darkest Africa
was scarce and hard to come by well into the 20th century."
Originally published in the May, 2018 journal of the California Map Society.
Resident on this site courtesy of the author.