Links of Cartographic Interest
The internet is full of resources for map lovers, including online map collections, the websites of other map societies, and information for map collectors. A comprehensive set of links is not possible, so a curated selection of some of the internet’s map-related sites is provided below:
The resources linked here include compilations of information on the history of maps, as well as academic publications.
Map History / History of Cartography, a long-standing gateway site with extensive links to other research resources
The History of Cartography Project,a research, editorial and publishing venture about the history of maps and mapping
Imago Mundi, a leading academic journal on the history of maps.
Cartographic Perspectives, the academic journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society
E-Perimetron, an international journal covering the history and science of cartography
Realms of Gold, a Catalogue of Maps in the Library of the American Philosophical Society
MEDEA-CHART, a database providing information about medieval and early modern nautical charts and atlases
The Internet Archive, providing high-resolution and full-text scans of many historical texts, including atlases and geography textbooks
WorldCat.org: The World's Largest Library Catalog, a global catalog of library collections
Cartography and Mapping Skills for Transportation, includes additional links appropriate for school-aged kids to learn about maps
The Washington Map Society regularly partners with some of the other map societies around the world. Several of these organizations publish their own journals and newsletters. Each site has its own wealth of information on research, events, and collections. Some are listed below and the last link in this section provides a more extensive compilation of most of the map related societies in the world.
International Map Collectors’ Society
North American Cartographic Information Society
International Society for the History of the Map
International Cartographic Association
Australian and New Zealand Map Society
Philip Lee Phillips Map Society at the Library of Congress
Society for the History of Discoveries
History of Cartography: Regional Map Societies
More and more libraries and institutions are making their map collections accessible online. Here is a small selection of some of the best, many of which allow high-resolution downloads of excellent and fascinating maps:
Library of Congress Map Collections
American Geographical Society Digital Map Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
David Rumsey Map Collection well as the David Rumsey Map Center at the Stanford University Library
Leventhal Map Collection at the Boston Public Library
New York Public Library Map Collection
The United States Geological Survey, Maps at the National Geospatial Program
Bodleian Library Map Room at Oxford University
The British Library Map Collection
Harvard University Map Collection
Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas
PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Maps at Cornell University
For Even More Map Collections to see Online, visit Places to See Maps
One of the best sources of information for collectors are dealers of antique maps and societies that bring people with cartographic interests together. A number of these companies and organizations support the Washington Map Society by advertising in our journal, The Portolan. We suggest you look at their ads in the journal and use the links below to visit their websites.
Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
Geographicus Rare Antique MapsHigh Ridge Rare Books & Maps
Society for the History of DiscoveriesThe Old Print Shop