Maps

A. Historic and Rare

The About.com Geography site provides a wealth of map resources, including an atlas of the world, historic U.S. maps, country maps, state maps, road, and street maps.  Of particular interest are a 1895 U.S. atlas, boundaries of the U.S., a digital map collection, and an extensive collection of coastal maps from the archives of the NOAA Office of Coastal Survey.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia maintains a Rare Map Collection of more than 800 historical maps spanning nearly 500 years.  (Please note that these maps were scanned from microfilm negatives at 2400dpi. They are very large files, with an average JPEG size of 400k.)

At the Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century website, browsers may explore a variety of interactive maps, read essays on the Turn of the Century and the Millennium, and link to other related websites.  Specific topics at this site include socio-economic trends, systems of government, war, international relations, living conditions, and population statistics for the last century.  Also included are a bibliography and recommended reading list.

The Old Historic Maps & Prints site features thousands of fine and rare antique maps from the 15th to 19th Centuries. Over 100 new maps are added per month, organized chronologically and by continent.  This site currently has approximately 4,500 maps catalogued, most of which are illustrated.  A Geographical Index of Maps and reference books is also available, as is a custom catalogue of maps in the on-line gallery.  Not to be missed is a comprehensive and extensive list of on-line map resources, including historical map exhibits and collections from around the world, as well as information on map societies.

This online historical map collection from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas, Austin, includes maps displaying the distribution of Native tribes and linguistic groups.  Of special interest are maps of Chechenya (Chechen Republic), Ecuador, Indonesia (including East Timor), Kosovo, and new detailed maps of Texas.

The State University of New York at Stony Brook offers a collection of historical maps of New York State, with an emphasis on the colonial period.

World History: HyperHistory Online Print through 3,000 years of world history with links to important persons of historical importance, civilization timelines, events and facts, and historical maps.

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B. Contemporary

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission covers Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. In addition to maps, it has a wide variety of data on the local area.

The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000.

The Regional Plan Association of NY, CT and NJ is a source of maps, reports and other data about the Greater NYC Area. Based on the 1929 Regional Plan, the site explores various aspects of the economy and infrastructure.

The New York City Department of City Planning offers information on zoning and land use, as well as general information on the City Planning Commission.  Also included is a recent map of New York City, displaying over 200 community districts and neighborhoods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resource Inventory provides a number of maps and data tables concerning land development over the past two decades in states around the country. These include: (1) a very informative map of land developed between 1992-1997; (2) data by state on rate of non-federal land developed from 1982-1992 and 1992-1997; and (3) a table of the states leading in land development between 1992-1997.

The U.L.I.S. Partnership in Urban Development supports comparative urban research in the Caribbean Basin.  Maps and data pertaining to selected urban areas in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico are available at this site.  In addition, the 1st edition of the U.L.I.S. Atlas is included.  The Atlas, which may be viewed onscreen or downloaded, provides an overview of Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Puebla, Mexico.  A full inventory of maps and data sets regarding comparative urban research is also available.  This site is accessible in English, French, and Spanish.

The Green Map System is a globally connected, locally adaptable framework for community sustainability. Green Maps utilize Green Map Icons to chart the sites of environmental significance in urban locations around the world.  View Green Maps and read the latest news at this website, available in both English and Spanish.

The Harvard Map Collection provides extensive reference assistance including on-line searching, cartographic identification and interpretation, genealogical research, and instruction in the use of bibliographic tools. Their reference collection includes gazetteers, general reference works on cartography, indexes, and catalogs.

The Urban Dynamics Research Program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a website devoted to temporal mapping and spatial analysis of land transformation due to urban development.  Created in partnership with a number of universities and agencies, these databases document human-induced land transformations in large metropolitan areas.  Furthermore, these databases utilize historic maps and satellite images in conjunction with digital line graphs (DLG), digital elevation models, and local land use maps.  Links to related websites are also available.

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