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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: 

Cartography Research

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 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

Links to Other Societies

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.

Royal Geographical Society

International Map Collectors’ Society

North American Cartographic Information Society

International Society for the History of the Map

International Cartographic Association

California Map Society

New York Map Society

Chicago Map Society

Rocky Mountain Map Society

Texas Map Society

Brussels Map Circle

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

Online Map Collections

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

Newberry Library

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

For Collectors

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.

California Map Society


Cartographic Associates

Croatian Cartographic Society

Curtis Wright Maps

Francis Manasek

Geographicus Rare Antique Maps

High Ridge Rare Books & Maps

Imago Mundi

Old World Auctions

David Spilman Fine Books

Paulus Swaen

Society for the History of Discoveries

The Old Print Shop

The Philadelphia Print Shop

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