This guide provides resources and tips for researching spatial histories, and more broadly, conducting historical research, for Abosede George's History Course: Mapping African Migrations (Fall 2019). Librarian: Vani Natarajan Professor: Abosede George
To search for maps published in atlases and other books, type in "map OR maps" (or the equivalent terms if searching in another language), leaving All Fields selected in the drop-down search menu. Add other words to specify location, feature,etc. (like Lagos, or "Bight of Benin.")
To search for maps available in the Lehman Map Room, or digitally as individual records: instead of typing "maps" as a key word, run a search with additional terms, and then limit results by Format to Map/Globe.
The Lehman Social Sciences Library Map Collection at Columbia University has various types of maps, including topographic, aeronautical, thematic, nautical, and geological maps. Most maps in the collection have corresponding catalog records in CLIO.
Though not a source of maps, this site offers valuable geographical data including names, descriptions and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world. Includes place-names, coordinates, physical characteristics, political properties, and natural and agricultural resources.
See the fraction of the collections that are digitized here. Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, You can view exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Contains nearly 1 million place names representing approximately 900,000 places. Composed of names and other information contributed by several Getty projects, including the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), the Foundation for Documents of Architecture (FDA), the Getty Center Photo Study Collection (GCPS), and the Getty Information Institutes Vocabulary Program (VP). The TGN is the only available automated geographical resource that is hierarchical, global in scope, and targeted at researchers, catalogers, librarians, and archivists dealing with the history of art and architecture. The logical focus of a TGN record is the "place." Each place has attributes, including names, place types and coordinates. The places are arranged in hierarchies representing the current political and physical world.
This is one of the world's premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and intensity of use. Established in 1898, holdings include more than 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 15th and 21st centuries. The collections range from the global to the local scale and support the learning and research needs of a wide variety of users.
The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in Harlem, collects, preserves, and provides access to materials related to Black life in Africa and the African Diaspora (including the Americas). Five divisions comprise the center:
Art and Artifacts
Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books
Moving Image and Recorded Sound
Photographs and Prints
Research and Reference
Based in the University of Texas-Austin, this collection features a selection of thousands of historical maps, from regions around the world, digitized. Maps are browseable by continent or country, as well as searchable across the site.