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This site provides digital copies of 113 maps of Africa dating from the mid 16th to early 20th century. Included are thumbnail jpeg images with features such as zoom, pan, rotate, fit to window, and print. A descriptive bibliographic record accompanies each image.

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection of online maps and other historical information. Collection is searchable, and images are digitized elements of the collection.

The Atlas Nacional Interactivo de Mexico is a service of the Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the nation's largest and most influential center for geographic study. The Web site is only available in Spanish. The site provides a wide range of interactive current and historical maps of Mexico, as well as descriptions of the Institute's research, publications, and career opportunities. Maps can be scanned, zoomed, and printed.

267 historical maps from the 1910 Survey of Austria-Hungary are available to download (in jpeg format), zoom, and print. The site includes an index sheet of the general map of Central Europe (at a scale of 1:200 000). Data on the maps is also available. Though the site is primarily in Austrian, the data categories are also listed in English. Categories include Title, Current Name, Year, Relief, and Remarks. Unavailable map sheets are listed by number.

The Broer Map Collection includes historic maps and foreign language atlases from around the world along with road atlases from many eras. The maps range from the 16th through 20th century, with a focus on 19th and 20th century items. Maps can be searched by region, country, continent, or through the search engine. The site offers Google Earth so that certain historic maps can be compared from past to present. Images are offered in thumbnails that can be enlarged, with zoom, pan, and rotation features.

This site contains over 8,000 historical maps including children's maps, national, state and local maps, maps of the world, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The site also allows users to create overlays representing current map changes.

Eastern European Maps. This site contains maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire, Balkans, Russian Empire, the Asian-Russian Empire, and Scandinavia. These maps were created in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

This site contains maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the web.

This collection is comprised of four series of historical topographic maps of Pittsburgh, dating from 1872-1961. Maps can be ordered and reproduced in print or digital form.

Historic USGS Topographic Maps
Offers large, highly detailed scans of topographic maps of twelve states created by the United States Geological Survey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Access other historical map collections that are United States and international in nature, provided by Duke University.

A digital archive of maps from the University of Illinois Library and University of Illinois Press. Contains maps of the United States, the Northwest Territory and Illinois historically. Full bibliographic information given for each map. The maps can be searched by keyword, theme, or browsed by thumbnail. Each map has a standard view and a large scale zoom feature using MrSID files. Maps can be marked as "favorites" for future viewing.

This resource includes maps from the 15th through 20th centuries, ending in the 1920s. Maps can be searched by author, date range, and land site, as well as in Hebrew. They can be viewed as a thumbnail, medium, or large image. To use the zoom feature, a MrSid plug-in is required.

Listed as a "fine collection of 104 unique and rare manuscript and printed maps" from the Massachusetts Historical Society, this collection is the continuation of digitization efforts made by the society on Bay State materials. A pivotal part of this collection is Samuel Chester Clough's 1798 Boston Atlases, touted as being an invaluable resource for historians and geographers.

“A plat is a map, drawn to scale, indicating boundaries of tracts of land.” Here, the state of Nevada is thoroughly represented by over 3000 historic index plats scanned as jpeg images by the Division of State Lands. Includes patent record numbers.

Maps of the 18th and 19th century are available for thumbnail viewing, enlargement, printing (though not to full size), and purchase. The descriptive catalog record accompanies each image.

Search by place name or use the "county gazetteer" to find historical black and white maps of Great Britain.

This site developed by the Library of Congress offers bird's eye view, perspective, or aero view maps of cities and towns located in the United States and some of the provinces in Canada. The site allows for searching by keyword, geographic location, subject, or creator.

University of Georgia - Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library: This site provides maps from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century. The scope focuses on maps of the southeastern United States, although maps of the world and the United States are represented. Special areas of interest include:
Railroad and transportation maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (1867 - 1970)
The Sanborn Maps are large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Sanborn Maps show the outline of each building including the location of windows and doors together with street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. These maps are used by a wide range of researchers including local historians to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods, urban historians to study the growth of towns and cities, and environmentalists concerned about impact of new developments.
Sanborn Map Keys and Legends

This site offers international city and regional maps as well as country and world maps. Maps can be searched through each of these topics or though the site search engine. The collection includes maps ranging in date from the 16th through 19th centuries as well as three 17th century atlases. In addition to the usual zoom and pan features, this site also allows the user to clip parts of the image to view in a new window. The full library catalog record is listed with each image.

This site provides atlases and maps for all of America's major conflicts.

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