Composed of selected Americana and cartographic treasures of the Library of Congress, Map Collections has seven major categories: cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, Cultural Landscape, military battles and campaigns, transportation and communication, and general maps. Within these categories, there are smaller collections: Panoramic Maps, Mapping the National Parks, Maps of Liberia, and Railroad Maps.
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These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Colonial Settlement, 1492-1763
- The American Revolution, 1763-1783
- The New Nation, 1780-1815
- Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
- The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
Related Collections and Exhibits
- Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
- Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
- Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
- Panoramic Photographs
- Detroit Publishing Company
Recommended additional sources of information.
- Places in the News - Up-to-date maps related to current events
Specific guidance for searching this collection
Maps are assigned to one of seven major categories. Searching Map Collections describes the categories and how to find maps within each category.
For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.