TEMPORARY PAGE WITH ANALYSIS OF LC AMERICAN MEMORY ELEMENTS [for http://ihr.sas.ac.uk/maps/webimages.html#large]

    The LC 'American Memory' project - [at the end of 2001] a collection of 4713 high res., zoomable MrSID images. "The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection". You can search by keyword, or browse the various indexes (which seem to include all the formal American Memory pages, but not necessarily those listed at the end, under 'Special Presentations'): Geographic Location, Creator, Subject or Title (for Help with Searching, see Searching Map Collections). NB. It is worth trying more than one search approach. 'Puerto' produced the following hits: Geographic Location (21), the American Memory Collections: Original Format: Maps search (23), and Subject Index (24). [There are 17 images on Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Selected Cartographic Items].

    The main and subsidiary subject sections are listed below, and repeated in their appropriate geographical section. 'Special Presentations' (at the end) includes some groupings that are not formally part of 'American Memory'.

    The LC Photoduplication service provides printed copies and TIFF files of the images, see: How to Order Reproductions. This has a link to enlargeable images available for sale from MuseumArchives.

  • Cities and towns - includes:-
    Panoramic Maps 1847-1929
    Additional Cities and Towns Cartographic Items
  • Conservation and environment - includes:- Mapping the National Parks Collection
    Additional Conservation and Environment Cartographic Items
  • Cultural Landscapes - includes:-
    American Colonization Society Collection. Maps of Liberia 1830-1870
    George Washington: Surveyor and Mapmaker
    National Atlases: Presenting the Nation's Cultural Geography (1870, 1880, 1890, 1970)
    Additional Cultural Landscapes Cartographic Items
  • Discovery and Exploration - includes:- The 1562 Map of America by Diego Gutiérrez
    Discovery and Exploration Cartographic Items
  • General Maps - includes:- Contemporary Maps/Places in the News
    General Atlases [Abraham Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Battista Agnese (1544), Geographical Fun]
    Additional General Cartographic Items
  • Military Battles and Campaigns - includes:- The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 (maps to be added monthly)
    Civil War Maps (290 of a total of 1,800 maps now online)
    Additional Military Battles and Campaigns Cartographic Items
  • Transportation and Communication - includes:- Railroad Maps 1828-1900
    Additional Transportation and Communication Cartographic Items

  • 'Special Presentations' and other map pages
    [all images are high res. MrSID, unless otherwise noted - some of these elements may not be included in the general searches listed at the head of this entry]:- African American Odyssey (about 10 maps relating to West Africa and the US - select 'Object List', then search [ctrl+F] for: map)
    American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920 (select 'maps' for 219 enlargeable high res. images)
    Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society (searching by keyword and entering 'map' leads to 10 enlargeable, high res. images)
    'The Luso-Hispanic World in Maps: A Selective Guide to Manuscript Maps to 1900 in the Collections of the Library of Congress' by John R. Hébert and Anthony P. Mullen (descriptions of 1011 maps, see also Concordance of Images - a growing selection of MrSID images)
    Meeting of Frontiers (in English and Russian, "illustrating the development of geographic knowledge of Siberia and the Russian Far East and the American West" - select the Maps page to browse by title 77 maps and an atlas)
    Places in the News
    Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Selected Cartographic Items
    Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919 (including four MrSID maps)
    'Spain, the United States & the American Frontier - Historias Paralelas', see also the Sitemap / Mapa del Sitio [a collaboration between LC and collections in Spain - not formally part of the 'American Memory' project but overlapping with it] - includes:- Americas. Selections from 'The Luso-Hispanic World in Maps' (12 MrSID maps, with descriptions)
    Selections from the Geography and Map Division (118 MrSID images)
    Selections from Library of Congress Map Collections (five low res. images)

  • Library of Congress - see also under Medium and small general sites. {January 2002 - this entire section revised, with several additions}