For wonderers & wanderers

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Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by maps and travel. The first foreign country that I can remember wanting to visit was Switzerland. I don’t know why, but that was the place that embedded in my young mind.

My father and I would look at maps of all kinds. We would look at old maps to see border changes, star maps to study the constellations, or atlases to figure out the distances/travel time between countries.

Well, I did visit Switzerland, along with many other popular and exotic places. And my love of maps from historical to geographical has never waned. I have amassed quite a collection of old and new books and memorabilia.

Now that many libraries and private collections have digitized their materials, it’s easier than ever to continue researching and learning about geography, historical references, geological studies, immigration patterns and beyond. It’s a map lovers paradise.

Here’s a list of my favorite sites for exploring maps and mapping.

1 > Old Maps Online: An easy-to use historical archive accessing map libraries around the world. This map of the Union Square area in Manhattan is circa 1892. Little has changed and much has changed.

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Image: From The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library

2 > David Rumsey Map Collection: This historical map collection boasts over 60,000 digital maps and images including rare 16th through 20th century North American and South American maps, along with historic world maps and Europe, Asia, and Africa.

This image is dated 1875 showing inner Asia including tiny Bhutan on the right.

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3 > Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States: First published in 1932, this is one of the greatest historical atlases by Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright. The digital edition reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps with many enhancements of animation and interactivity. This map displays the railroads in operation in 1870.

Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by maps and travel. WIth digitization, maps and charts are easy to research. Here’s a list of my favorite sites for exploring maps and mapping.

4 > Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (PCL): The PCL Map Collection includes more than 250,000 digital maps, only a small part of the full collection, and is The University of Texas at Austin’s main research library. The collection encompasses all subject fields, with the strongest holdings in the humanities, social sciences, business, and education.

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Image: The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911

5 > Harvard University Library Expeditions & Discoveries Collection: the cartographic materials provide visual documentation of exploration and scientific discovery from the early 1600’s thru the 20th century. This engraving is by Gulielmus Nicolai from 17th century of the constellations.

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6 > National Geographic MapMaker: Allows user to create printable one-page maps of continents, countries, and states. With the MapMaker tool, you can add layers, and customize and download your map. This map shows language diversity across the globe.

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7 > The New York Times Immigration Explorer: This interactive map shows immigration patterns from 1880-2000 of foreign-born groups and where they settled across the United States. This image depicts Italian settlements in 1910.

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8 > US Demography: Explores 220 years of demographic data with over 20,000 socio-economic indicators between 1790 and the present. The interactive site includes all decennial censuses, American Community Surveys, and two religion surveys. This image illustrates 2010 census and calculates average travel time to work in 2013.

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9 > Road to 270: An interactive Electoral College map and a history of Presidential elections in the United States. The election of a U.S President consists of winning the popular vote in enough states to achieve 270 electoral votes, a majority of the available 538. I discovered this informative site during the 2012 election (final state-by-state results shown).

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If you have favorite resources not listed here, let me know.

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