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Map Collections

U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The Gelman Library has numerous maps of East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe created by the United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, formerly known as the Defense Mapping Agency. These maps are housed in the Global Resources Center of the Gelman Library.

U.S. State Department Maps

The Gelman Library has numerous maps of East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe created by the  the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Census. These maps are currently located in the Global Resources Center of the Gelman Library.

Rare Map Collection

The Special Collections Research Center holds an extensive set of antiquarian and rare maps. Two collections in particular are of note: the Washingtoniana Map Collection (SCRC Collection Map 00001) and the Samuel Halperin and Henry Epstein Maps of the Holyland Collection (SCRC Collection Map 00002). All of the maps in Special Collections are individually cataloged. Maps in the two collections listed above can also be found by using the online finding aids to the rare map collections.

  • Washingtoniana Map Collection, 1630-2003
    Maps of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and the adjacent states, ranging from 1630 through 2003.
     
  • Samuel Halperin and Henry Epstein Maps of the Holy Land Collection, 1590-2000
    Maps of Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and their historical antecedents from 1590 through the 20th Century. The 20th Century maps are by-and-large travel maps, tourist maps, and other cartographic materials which provide useful insights into the way in which claims of ownership and access to land were being made by various communities in the region.

 Real Estate and Insurance Maps

The Special Collections Research Center holds a number of sets of real estate and fire insurance maps and atlases from the late 19th and first half of the 20th Century.

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