The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

by Rachel Smith, NMC: The New Media Consortium


The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection includes over 11,000 maps, all available online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the world, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. The collection includes antique atlases; globes; school geography maps; maritime charts; state, county, and city, maps; manuscript maps; and others. The maps can be used to study history, genealogy and family history. Materials in the collection may be reproduced or transmitted, but not for commercial use.