Afriterra

"The AFRITERRA Foundation is a non-profit Cartographic Library and Archive assembling and preserving the original rare maps of Africa in a definitive place for education and interpretation. We view cartography as a medium that uniquely links art, technology, and history." The maps database "currently contains more than 1400 maps focused on Africa, more than 1000 ultra-high-resolution digitized images, and over 1100 unique Creators (a Creator or Contributor is a person or organization that contributed to the creation and/or publication of a map). Each Map is related to one or more Creators according to categories: Cartographers, Engravers, Publishers, and Other." Maps may be difficult to find unless you know what you are looking for, as there is no search feature. In addition, the maps are viewed with Adobe Flash player, so they can not be downloaded and must viewed through the website. The maps are very high quality, however, and zoomable.

American Memory's Map Collections

The Library of Congress' Map Collection from the American Memory project focuses on Americana and Cartographic treasures from the LOC. The maps are organized into seven categories, including cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, general maps, cultural landscapes, military battles and campaigns, and transportation and communication. Images are very high quality and easy to look through.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

"The David Rumsey historical map collection has over 22,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented." Hosted in Luna Insight, the collection is easy to navigate and offers features like creating your own workspaces and presentations. Users can download images by clicking on "export" in the upper right corner. This website is extremely impressive, and is the best source for maps that I've seen.

Historic Cities

Historic Cities "contains maps, literature, documents, books, and other relevant material concerning the past, present, and future of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the web." Users can search alphabetically, by year, map maker, city name, or by clicking on a region of a map. Image quality varies and the site can be difficult to navigate at times, but the content is unique and fascinating to look at.

Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map Collection

"The Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection contains over 20,000 maps and charts from the late 1700s to present day. The Collection includes some of the nation's earliest nautical charts, hydrographic surveys, topographic surveys, geodetic surveys, city plans and Civil War battle maps." To view the images, click on browse/download historical maps and charts. From there, users can either search or browse (with a limited number of options). The images are high quality.

UT Texas at Austin Map Collection

To view maps from this collection, click on one of the browse option on the left hand column, including location, theme, historical, or topographical. Images vary in quality and format. Some must be downloaded as PDFs, which others are viewed online. There is an extensive amount of maps available, with everything from the population of Cyprus to African tribes. This site also includes links to other maps collections online. These links are located on the main page of the collection, which may be confusing to users who might think that it is part of the Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection.