The first volume of the History of Cartography was published in 1987 and the three books that constitute Volume Two appeared over the following eleven years. In 1987 the worldwide web did not exist, and since 1998 book publishing has gone through a revolution in the production and dissemination of work. Although the large format and high quality image reproduction of the printed books are still well-suited to the requirements for the publishing of maps, the online availability of material is a boon to scholars and map enthusiasts.
On the web site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first three volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format. Navigate to the PDFs from the left column. Each chapter of each book is a single PDF. The search box on the left allows searching across the content of all the PDFs that make up the first six books.
International Documentation of cartographical literature
Since 2007 the map department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has made available online the Bibliographia Cartographica (BC), a database listing international scientific literature relating to cartography. The database was created in 1989 in consultation with the working group Bibliography of cartographical literature (Bibliographie des kartographischen Schrifttums) of the German Cartographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie - DGfK). Currently, the BC online lists c. 32 000 articles, published in journals, multi-author works and serials, as well as 5 600 monographs relating to cartography. About 1 500 new titles are added every year. Around 162 international journals are regularly indexed. The BC also provides links to open access online publications.
The last printed version of the BC, volume 34, was published in 2012. Scientific literature published later than 2006 has only been included in the online version, literature published before 1989 should be searched for in the printed editions of the BC.
Europeana Maps and Geography explores maps, the history of cartography, geography and geographical discoveries. Discover maps, globes, charts and more from the collections of Europe's museums, galleries, libraries and archives.
Google Arts & Culture - Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums.
As books become old and begin to fall apart,
librarians depend on micro-form to preserve their
content for the future. While microfilm is perfect
for storing and protecting this material, it is a
does not allow for much access. In following its
mission to provide universal access to all human
knowledge, the Internet Archive is teaming up with
libraries all over the world to begin digitizing
microfilm and microfiche. The books in this
collection are from a variety of libraries including
the University of Chicago Libraries, the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of
Alberta, and the National Technical Information
Service. This service provides an unique opportunity
to search for cartography related books (in pdf
format) that are nowadays hard to find.
The gateway to the history of cartography. Old maps,
early maps — non-current maps in general
— are the subject of this site. Use this site
to find the worthwhile information about old maps,
both on the web and in the real world. The site's 100
pages offer comment and guidance, and over
3 000 annotated links — selected for relevance
Oddens' Bookmarks - The Fascinating World of Maps and
Mapping (No longer maintained! Only accessible via Internet Archive Wayback Machine)
This portal site has over 22 500 cartographic links,
from map sellers to cartographic collections, from
geographical societies to libraries with maps from
all over the world. Also offers lists with
cartography related exhibitions and events.
The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world.
It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.
OldMapsOnline has been created by a collaboration between The Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at The University of Portsmouth, UK and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland.