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Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress

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The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form.

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.

Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories. Because a map will be assigned to only one category, unless it is part of more than one core collection, searching Map Collections at this level will provide the most complete results since the indexes for all categories are searched simultaneously.

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The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning.

The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.

Special Presentations:

Places in History

Places in the News

Meeting of Frontiers: Collections from the Library of Congress: Maps

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Selected Cartographic Items

Cities and Towns

Panoramic Maps

Conservation and Environment

Mapping the National Parks

Discovery and Exploration

General Maps

Cultural Landscapes

American Colonization Society's Liberia Maps

Military Battles and Campaigns

American Revolution and Its Era Maps and Charts

Civil War Maps

The Rochambeau Map Collection

World War II Military Situation Maps

Transportation and Communication

Railroad Maps

Understanding the Collection

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

Searching Map Collections

How to Order Reproductions

Viewing Maps

Map Images Background Information

Digitizing the Collection

Cataloging the Collection

Copyright and Other Restrictions

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