Below you will find a collection of on-line map resources. This is in no way a comprehensive listing, but rather a starting point for locating digital maps on-line. Each site takes a slightly different approach to presenting content. Some sites (such as the Perry-Casteñeda Collection) give you direct access to .jpg or .pdf files. Other sites give links to more collections. A few sites (such as the David Rumsey Collection) require special technologies for browsing map collections. For help or suggestions on how to integrate these maps into class use and powerpoint presentations, please visit our Notes on Use page.
Please refer to copyright restrictions as specified on each site. For guidelines on fair use refer to: http://copyright.iupui.edu/checklist.
Historical Maps by Region:
Cambridge Modern History Atlas
Atlas by William R. Shepard (1st edition) (2nd edition)
Rare Maps from the State Library of New South Wales
Collection of 89 maps, mostly black and white. Do not fill entire screen, but have zoom option.
Muslim Distribution (1995) World Sunni and Shia distribution. Does not include Americas.
Perry-Casteñeda Collection at the University of Texas in Austin
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Perry-Casteñeda Collection at the Univesity of Texas In Austin
Extensive resource with world, regional, thematic, and historical maps. Includes links to other on-line collections.
Map History On-line Archive
Large archive of links to primarily historical maps. Includes descriptions of how many maps each link contains, what resolution, and how long they take to load.
Reisinett Historical Maps Websites
Contains numerous links to web sites with historical maps. Divided regionally (contains maps of Russia - a subcategory omitted on many other sites). Also has historical world maps. Go to bottom of page for international city maps. U.S. maps includes alphabetical listing of historical state maps.
Library of Congress
North American maps from 1500 - 20004. Divided into seven categories: General, Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Discovery and Exploration , Cultural Landscapes, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication
University of Michigan
Links to on-line map collections: General, The Americas, Europe, The Middle East, and City Maps.Yale Map Collection
Antiquarian Maps (region, date, or map maker), Historical City Maps, and several other collections.
University of North Carolina Maps for Students Collection
Focuses largely on maps of the Roman Empire, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Iberian Peninsula. Most maps also include blank copies for quizes.
Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to access the world's geographic information.