Local History Research Guide

Atlases and Maps of the United States

American Heritage Pictorial Atlas of United States History. New York: American Heritage, 1966. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 A4.

American History Atlas. London: Martin Gilbert, 1985. Maps: G 1201 .S1 G5x.

Animap Plus Boundary Historical Atlas. Alamo, Calif: Goldbug, 1996. Maps: Computer file: G 1201 .A1 E77x diskette.

Atlas of American History. New York: Scribner’s, 1984. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 A3x.

Atlas of American History. New York: Facts on File, 1987. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 F4.

Atlas of American Wars. Greenwich: Arch Cape Press, 1986. Soc Sci Ref: E 181 .K52.

Atlas of Historical Geography of the United States. Westport: Greenwood, 1975. Maps Quarto: G 1201 .S1 P3.

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Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer of the World. New York: Columbia University, 1966. Soc Sci Ref: G 103 .L7. Used for finding place names.

Columbia Gazetteer of North America. New York: Columbia University, 2000. Maps: E 35 .C65. Used for finding place names.

Columbia Gazetteer of North America has 50,000 entries. The Gazetteer covers every incorporated place and county in the United States, along with several thousand unincorporated places, special-purpose sites, and physical features, as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. The collection categories include old and antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, children and manuscript maps. Genealogy and family history can be studied on the maps.

Dent Atlas of American History. London: JM Dent, 1993. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 G55x.

Genealogical and Historical Atlas of the United States. Logan: Everton, 1976. Maps and Microforms: G 1201 .E6225 K5.

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names is provided by the Getty Research Institute. Numerous gazetteers and geographical reference books were used to compile the thesaurus.

Hammond United States Atlas. Maplewood: Hammond, 1984. Maps Quarto: G 1200 .H357.

Historical Atlas of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 1988. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 N3 (at desk)

History Atlas of North America. New York: Macmillan 1998. Maps: G 1106 .S1 D3.

Maps and Gazetteers Web Resources. Selected Web Sites (in the Lee Library and on the Internet) dealing with Maps and Gazetteers.

Map Collections : 1500 - 1999. Presents a selection of digitized images from the collections of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories: cities and towns; conservation and environment; cultural landscapes; military battles and campaigns; discovery and exploration; transportation and communication; general maps.

Maps Contained in the Publications of the American Bibliography, 1639-1819: An Index and Checklist. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1988. Maps: GA 405 .X1 W35. Both maps and maps within books are listed and indexed in this work. All items indexed can be found on fiche in the Microforms area at 80 Sh64a and 64a.

Mapping America’s Past: A Historical Atlas. New York: Henry Holt, 1996. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 C3.

National Atlas of the United States. The National Atlas of the United States® is intended to provide a comprehensive, map-like view into the enormous wealth of data collected by the Federal Government.

National Geographic Society's Web site's MapMachine. offers something of a "comprehensive cartographic experience," providing access to dynamic maps and geographic data organized by physical, cultural and environmental themes. Here you can find maps and information on such topics as recent earthquakes, transportation density, socioeconomic trends, political boundaries, crime statistics, ecological regions, land use zones, natural hazards and more.

North America in Antique Maps, 1520-1865. Athens: Morrison, 1965. Maps: G 1105 .N58.

Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America. Detroit: Omni-graphics, 1991. Maps: E 154 .O45. Used for finding place names.

Penguin Atlas of North American History. London: Penguin, 1988. Soc Sci Ref: E 45 .M34.

Rand McNally Atlas of American History. Skokie: Rand McNally, 1991. Maps: G 1201 .S1 R36x.

Rare Map Collection at the Hargrett Library. "The Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at the University of Georgia maintains a collection of about 800 historical maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century... All of our maps are available in this Library in digital format, but only a subset of them are on this site. Of the maps offered through this WWW home page, the organization is by the general time period, location and two miscellaneous categories; city maps from Georgia and transportation maps. The early maps in this collection are of the New World. Early maps of America begin with those of Colonial America, and continue with Revolutionary America. Maps of the state of Georgia begin with Revolutionary Georgia. The first century of America's existence as a nation is reflected in maps from the period of Union and Expansion. The American Civil War is represented by a series of maps depicting historic sites and battles. The next phase in Georgia's history are from the nineteenth century, reflecting the period from Yazoo to the New South. The map collection includes some city maps of Georgia's cities. Georgia's coastal areas are represented by a series of maps representing the Atlantic seaport region from Savannah to Charleston. In the history of this country, transportation played a very important role; this section includes rail, river, and highway maps."

West Point Atlas of American Wars. New York: Praeger, 1959. Soc Sci Ref: G 1201 .S1 U5.

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