Monday, January 10, 2011

Mappy Monday - Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

This weeks map find is The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. The collection has more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. There are more than 11,000 map images from the collection available online. This online database is one of the resources found on The University of Texas at Austin website.

The site states the following :

This site is a great resource for a truly extensive collection of online maps. The site has maps listed alphabetically or geographically, and special sections such as "maps of current interest." One particularly unique grouping is the library's historical map collection which offers maps of cities and countries as represented in specific years in the past. For example, a quick search results in a street map of New York City for 1695. The maps are mostly downloadable and printable, although larger file sizes can be a strain on some hardware. The maps can serve as primary sources, visual aides, and reference materials. This resource could be valuable to people with interests ranging from casual visitors to serious academic work.

Some of the categories included in the collection are nautical maps, United States Geological Survey maps, census maps, and pre-1945 topographic maps. A good place to visit before using the collection is the Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you find information about viewing maps, what items are copyrighted, and where you might find other maps on the Internet.

Finally a wonderful genealogy tool from the site is the Historical Map Web Sites page. Here you will find links to historical maps on other Web sites.

Happy Mappy Monday!

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