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Rhode Island School of Design

Maps & Mapping: Historic maps & timelines

Resources on spatial, chronologic, conceptual, contemporary, and historic maps & mapping

Historic maps

Browse these subjects to locate historic maps

Atlases - history

Cartography - history

Early Maps - facsimiles


Find historic map images in books

Use the same subjects listed above but change the search to a keyword search, adding the word pictorial to locate heavily illustrated works

example: Cartography history pictorial

Recommended Titles

David J Weber Series In The New Borderlands History

The mapping of North America : three centuries of map-making 1500-1860 / John Goss

Cartographia / Vincent Virga and the Library of Congress ; introduction by Ronald E. Grim

An atlas of rare city maps : comparative urban design, 1830-1842 / Melville C. Branch

Blaeu's The grand atlas of the 17th century world / introduction, captions, and selection of maps by John Goss

Cartographica extraordinaire : the historical map transformed / David Rumsey, Edith M. Punt


Browse these subjects to locate timelines

Chronology, historical

Chronology - historical tables

History, ancient chronology


For other time-related graphic representations

see Chronology - related subjects

Related websites

David Rumsey Map Collection
The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.


Historical Map web sites offers links to historical map sites as well as individual maps - compiled by the University of Texas.

Library of Congress, American Memory Map collections

LOC, Geography & Map Reading Room

Indian Maps, Mapping, and Geographic Knowledge

Native American Spaces: Cartographic Resources at the Library of Congress.
See also, Indian Maps, Mapping, and Geographic Knowledge

World Digital Library - maps
Browse by type of item then refine searches by place, time, topic, or institution + search in 7 languages.

History of Cartography (volumes 1-3) University of Chicago Press