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Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress

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The Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early railroaders. Included in the collection are progress report surveys for individual lines, official government surveys, promotional maps, maps showing land grants and rights-of-way, and route guides published by commercial firms.

All of the items presented here are documented in RAILROAD MAPS of the United States compiled by Andrew M. Modelski in 1975. The bibliography contains 623 railroad maps of the United States.


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Understanding the Collection

About the Collection

History of Railroads and Maps

Related Resources

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

How to Order Reproductions

Viewing Maps

Map Images Background Information

Digitizing the Collections

Cataloging the Collection

Copyright and Other Restrictions

Acknowledgments


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