Friday, August 24, 2007

David Rumsey Map Collection

While browsing yesterday, I found a fun map site. The David Rumsey Map Collection focuses on 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic materials. It includes maps, atlases, globes, school geographies, and maritime charts. This site is well worth a visit.

Some of the Rumsey Historical Maps are in Google Earth as well. Sixteen historical maps in the Featured Content layer of the Google Earth 3D Globe. The georeferenced maps wrap the virtual globe in their modern spaces, allowing explorations of both time and space.

From the site:

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 15,800 maps online. 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. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens, and manuscript maps. Some examples are United States map, maps New York, California map, Arizona map, America map, New York City map, Chicago map, and Colorado map. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.

Read an article about the collection, take a Flash Tour of the collection (requires Flash), or view 360° panoramic images of the collection space. You can also view Japanese Historical Maps or fine art images from The AMICA Library.

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