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Cartographic Links - internet resources

Thursday 17th December 2015 at 14:29

Libraries and Institutions

The British Library - Map Library homepage - the UK national collection of cartographic material.

The Royal Geographical Society - one of the world's largest geographical collections, containing over 2 million maps, photographs, books, artwork, artefacts and documents

The Library of Congress - the largest library in the world. The Geography and Map Division provides access to cartographic material.

The National Maritime Museum - UK (Greenwich) collection of maritime history include charts and globes.

Worldwide Map Societies

The Washington Map Society holds monthly meetings, organises field trips and produces a journal The Portolan three times a year.

The California Map Society has recently revised its web site which can be viewed at

The Brussels International Map Collectors’ Circle (BIMCC) is an active society with regular meetings in Belgium as well as visits to collections in surrounding countries. Visit their site at

International Society for the History of the Map is a new organisation. Contact

The link Map Societies around the world leads to a more extensive alphabetic/geographic list of societies worldwide and is very helpful.

Other useful cartography sites

The History of Cartography homepage is a gateway to all you might want to know about map history.

The Map Collecting page contains useful information, including a list of ten or so online texts which serve as an introduction to map collecting.

The Marketplace page gives information on the map marketplace. Who deals in antique maps? Where are the major map fairs? What is the latest on map sales and auction prices? How do I search for maps and books/publications on the web?