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Maps and atlases can be identified in both library catalogs and map bibliographies (often referred to as "carto-bibliographies").


Chubb, Thomas. The printed maps in the atlases of Great Britain and Ireland; a bibliography, 1579-1870. London [etc.] : The Homeland Association, ltd. [1927].
SML, Map Collection Z6027 G7 +C48 (LC)
SML, Stacks, LC Classification Z6027 G7 +C48 (LC)
British Art, Reference Z6027 G7 +C48 (LC)
The National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints; a cumulative author list representing Library of Congress printed cards and titles reported by other American libraries . London : Mansell, 1968-81.
SML, Bibliography Z881 A1 +N37 (LC)
Medical, Reference Ref 1 Z881 A1 U51
British Art, Reference Z881 A1 +N37 (LC)
Shirley, Rodney W. The mapping of the world : early printed world maps, 1472-1700 . London : Holland Press, c1984.
SML, Map Collection Z6028 +S48 1984 (LC)
Wheat, Carl I. Mapping the transmississippi West, 1540-1861 . San Francisco : Institute of Historical Cartography, 1957-63.
SML, Map Collection GA405 +W44 (LC)
Beinecke, Reference GA405 +W44 (LC)
Wheat, James Clements. Maps and charts published in America before 1800 : a bibliography . New Haven : Yale University Press, 1969.
SML, Map Collection Z6027 A5 W68 1978 (LC)
SML, Bibliography Z6027 A5 W68 (LC)
Beinecke, Reference Z6027 A5 W68 (LC)
CCL, Stacks Z6027 A5 W68 (LC)

Many, but not all, of the maps at Yale are listed in Orbis, the online catalog. The card catalog in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library includes cards for bound atlases, but does not contain cards for separate maps; for these, see the card catalog in the Map Collection on the 7th floor of SML.

s=[Name of country or place]--Maps
s=[Subject]--[Name of country or place]--Maps

s=Ohio River Valley--Maps
s=Strikes and lockouts--Great Britain--History--Maps
s=Slavic languages--Dialects--Maps
s=[Name of country or place]--Atlases
s=Atlases, [Nationality]
s=Atlases, Swedish
s=Musical instruments--Atlases
Additional helpful subject headings:
s=Early Maps
s=Atlases--Early works to 1800

Orbis Searching Tip
k=railroads and p.fmt. (searches for the term"railroads" and materials in map format)


Library Catalogs

American Geographical Society of New York. Map Dept. Index to maps in books and periodicals . Boston : G. K. Hall, 1968.
SML, Map Collection Z6028 +A5 (LC)
Bancroft Library. Index to printed maps . Boston: G. K. Hall, 1964.
SML, Map Collection Z6028 +C17 (LC)
British Museum. Map Room. Catalogue of printed maps, charts and plans . London : British Museum, 1967.
SML, Map Collection Z6028 +B75 1967 (LC)
British Art, Reference Z6028 +B75 1967 (LC)
Great Britain. Public Record Office. Maps and plans in the Public Record Office .
London : H.M.S.O., 1967-
SML, Map Collection, Z6028 G74 (LC)
British Art, Reference Z6028 G74 (LC)
Library of Congress. Map Division. A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, with bibliographical notes . Washington : Govt. Print. Off., 1909-1992.
SML, Map Collection Z881 U5 M36 (LC)
SML, Bibliography Z881 U5 M36 (LC)

There are a number of collections of historical maps available on the World Wide Web. The British Columbia Archives and Records Service has a large collection of maps online, as does the Jerusalem Mosaic. The Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas has scanned several historical maps from its collections. They also maintain a list of historical map web sites.

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This material is based on the Web site created to support a series of colloquia in historical research offered by the Yale University Library. The initial site was prepared in August 1996 by Suzanne Lorimer, Susanne Roberts, Margaret Powell, George Miles, Fred Musto, Emily Horning, Cesar Rodriguez, Nancy Godleski, Richard Williams, Elizabeth Pauk, and Martha Brogan.

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