Library of Congress
Geography and Maps
Historical context and ideas for integrating individual digital collections of primary sources into instruction.
- The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection of more than 2000 different maps and charts represents an important historical record of the mapping of North America and the Caribbean.
- Atlantic World: American and the Netherlands (Summary Only) This collaborative digital library explores the history of the Dutch presence in North America from 17th century to the post World War II period.
- Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present (Summary and Teaching Resources) Photographs and descriptions of buildings used during the eras of slavery, gold rushes, and world's fairs, among others, provide an opportunity to investigate the history of the United States through the history of its buildings.
- California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore key history content such as westward expansion, the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush, and immigration/migration using this collection.
- Civil War Maps (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection of more than 2,300 items provides students an opportunity to study the Civil War era through cartographic data.
- France in America (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collaborative digital library explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
- Hotchkiss Map Collection (Summary only) View cartographic items made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army. These maps were used by Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson in developing strategies for battles.
- Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake (Summary Only) This collection presents primary and secondary material accumulated about Drake's voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas.
- Map Collections (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection presents selected Americana and cartographic treasures of the Library of Congress.
- Mapping the National Parks (Summary and Teaching Resources) Use the collection's maps to study the sociological significance of landscape, as well as a variety of historical topics pertaining to the settlement and expansion of America.
- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870, traces the history of Liberia through twenty maps of the American Colonization Society, organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa.
- Meeting of the Frontiers: Siberia, Alaska and the American West (Summary Only) This collaborative project, presented in both English and Russian, tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
- Panoramic Maps (Summary and Teaching Resources) Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929, offers "bird's-eye" views of nineteenth and early twentieth century cities and towns across the nation, including a detailed look at architecture and urban planning of the period.
- Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States and the American Frontier (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection explores the history of the Spanish presence in North America from the first voyage of Columbus in 1492 to the continued exploration and settlement of California and the American Southwest in the early 19th century.
- Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection provides an in-depth study of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from the era of colonization and settlement, from 1585 to 1930 and also offers insight into pivotal periods and events of the nation's history.
- Railroad Maps, 1828-1900 (Summary and Teaching Resources) These maps illustrate the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States.
- Rochambeau Map Collection (Summary only) The maps in this collection cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to 1795.
- The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures (Summary Only) This collection, which is presented in both English and Portuguese, studies the interactions that have taken place between the United States and Brazil and the parallels and contrasts in the histories of these countries.
- World War II Military Situation Maps (Summary Only) The World War II Military Situation Map Collection provides over 400 maps and 115 reports that document troop positions in the European theater of battle between the years of 1944-1945.