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May 28, 1996

Library of Congress Publishes Guide to Geography and Map Collections

The Library of Congress has recently published a lavishly illustrated guide to its cartographic collections, consisting of 4.25 million maps, 53,000 atlases, 300 globes, and other geographic materials. Titled Library of Congress Geography and Maps: An Illustrated Guide, the 84-page guide was written by specialists in the Geography and Map Division.

In the introduction, Ralph E. Ehrenberg, the chief of the division, outlines the division's history since 1800, including the formation of two support groups in 1995, the Philip Lee Phillips Society and the Center for Geographic Information.

The color photographs in the guide provide the reader with a glimpse of the Library's geographic treasures, ranging from priceless manuscript portolan charts from the 14th to the 16th centuries and beautifully illuminated atlases from the 15th to the 17th centuries, to the picturesque and factual panoramic city views, county landownership maps and atlases, and fire insurance maps of the last half of the nineteenth century. The informative text highlights a selection of valuable and interesting atlases; describes more than 100 special collections, including the archives of a selection of 19th and mid-20th century cartographers; outlines the scope of the vast number of single maps and multisheet series in the general collections; describes a sample of globes and terrain models; and mentions the latest advances in cartographic technology with reference to aerial photographs and remote sensory imagery and the most recent acquisitions of digital cartographic data and geographic information systems.

This publication is part of a series of illustrated guides on the Library's special collections, which have been made possible by generous support from the James Madison Council, a national private-sector advisory group dedicated to helping the Library of Congress share its resources with the nation and the world.

Library of Congress Geography and Maps has 70 illustrations, mostly in color, and is available for $22. It can be purchased from the Library Sales Shop in the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., or directly from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. When ordering, please cite stock number 030-001-00161-0. Credit card orders are taken at (202) 783-3238 and fax orders at (202) 512-2250.

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PR 96-83
ISSN 0731-3527

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