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iDiscover The Library's NEW ONLINE CATALOGUE. For a quick way to limit your search to University Library holdings, use the box below and click on the UL button. To get the best, most accurate results, once in iDiscover, go to Advanced Search and do a Subject search for the place of which a map is required, followed by the word 'maps'. For more detail on this follow the instructions for searching our old online catalogue (Newton) for maps and atlases that can be found here. See also general tips on using iDiscover

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NEWTON: CUL's online catalogue Remember to also look in the Map Department's card catalogue. How to search for maps. [When Newton is unavailable use COPAC where you can limit your search to Cambridge University Library].

Janus The University's archive catalogue on which some of the Map Department collections are catalogued.

COPAC Union catalogue for about 90 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist libraries.

Digital Content Unit Order images of material in CUL's collections. See also here.

Cambridge Digital Library (CUDL) Maps Collection Including John Speed maps of the counties of Great Britain and maps of Cambridge.

Google.co.uk

Cambridge Libraries Introduction to and tips on using libraries in Cambridge.

CUL's Home Page

Special Collections blog

Chinese language maps and atlases in the University Library These maps are housed in the Chinese Department, are mostly in Chinese characters and are generally not catalogued on Newton or in the Map Department's card catalogue.
 

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Map Collections and Online Map Catalogues

(See also Information Sheets 2A and 2B. Also, many of the library catalogues listed on the University Library's Library Catalogues page will contain map records). 

NB Only a small part of Cambridge University Library's map collection is catalogued online. This is the same in many other libraries so bear this in mind when searching their online catalogues. Although now a little outdated the article here may be of interest. 

Also see the Map Collections pages on the Map History / History of Cartography site.

Directory of UK Map Collections.

Archives Collections and Catalogues, some of which will include maps:

Bodleian Library Map Room. Includes their Accessions and Map Lists. Some map records are included in their online catalogue and their card catalogue is now searcable as an on-line flip-book. See also the Selden Map of China and the Gough Map of Great Britain.

British Geological Survey Library. The Survey's library includes geological mapping from all over the World. Their online catalogue is called ENVIROLIB.

British Library Map Library. The largest publicly accessible map collection in the country. Includes the map collection of the India Office Records. Click for Contact details, opening times and Imaging Services. Catalogue records for items in the collections can be found via Explore the British Library (note that the The India Office Records can be searched at Search our Catalogue Archives and Manuscripts). See the Online Gallery for images of maps and also explore the Georeferenced map collection. The First Atlas of Europe in the Turning the Pages section of their web site might also be of interest. A selection of military intelligence maps and associated documents from the War Office Archive relating to the former British East Africa have also been catalogued, conserved and digitised.

British Museum. Online catalogue of its collections including prints, drawings and views. Note that the catalogue is not yet complete. Includes images of some items. 

Cambridge University Library. One of the six Legal Deposit Libraries. Newton is the Library's online catalogue. Click here for tips on searching Newton for maps and atlases and here for more information on the Map Department collections. [When Newton is unavailable use COPAC where you can limit your search to Cambridge University Library].

Cartesius Project. Search for maps digitised by various institutions in Belgium - city scapes, aerial photos, orthophotos, sketches and drawings. More information available herehere and here 

CartoMundi. A collaborative project producing a union catalogue of maps and plans of all parts of the world though originally concentrating on Mediterranean countries. Includes written descriptions of maps and map series, graphic indexes and, in the Digital Map Library section, some map images. 

COPAC. A union catalogue providing free access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library and the National Library of Scotland. Includes map records where available. Note that the online catalogues of the individual libraries will, inevitably, be slightly more current than COPAC. Tips on searching COPAC for maps can be found here.

Early English Books Online. Search for maps using the Advanced Search option. (May not be available outside 'cam' domain).

Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS). A national data service providing access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes. ESDS provides an integrated service offering enhanced support for the secondary use of data across the research, learning and teaching communities. Includes some map data. 

Enclosure Maps. Electronic catalogue of enclosure maps of England and Wales (click on the 'search catalogue' button on the left hand side) to accompany the printed book by Roger J. P. Kain, John Chapman, and Richard R. Oliver,The Enclosure Maps of England and Wales, 1595-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). CUL classmark S696.b.200.131. 

Eighteenth Century Collections Online. In Advanced Search look for items containing maps. (May not be available outside 'cam' domain).

Geological Society. Extensive collection of geological maps and related documents. Non-members are charged for access

GoGeo. (Previously known as Go-Geo). This service Ceased on 31 July 2016. 'The place to discover geospatial information and services for those in education and research. An online resource discovery tool which allows for the identification and retrieval of records describing the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geospatial data that exist within UK tertiary education and beyond. The portal supports geospatial searching by interactive map, grid co-ordinates and place name, as well as the more traditional topic or keyword forms of searching'.

Guildhall Library - print and map collections. See London Metropolitan Archives.

History Data Service (HDS). Collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching. The History Data Service is a successor service to AHDS History which from 1996 to March 2008 was one of the five centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service. Includes Historic Parishes of England and Wales : an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata.

Hydrographic Office Archive (UKHO). Supports the day-to-day operations of the UKHO and is also a place of deposit under the Public Records Act. It contains hundreds of thousands of hydrographic records in varying formats and in different languages. No Online catalogue but have catalogued thousands of documents which have been transferred to The National Archives.

IKAR. Database from a consortium of German libraries containing bibliographic records of printed thematic and topographic maps, navigational and celestial charts, town plans, bird´s-eye views, globes, and atlases up to 1850 (world-wide coverage). Records also available through the KVK catalogue (a world-wide union catalogue).

Library of Congress Geography & Map Reading Room. Vast map collection with many map records available in their online catalogue. Also an online Map Collection with map images. 

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) [incorporating the Guildhall Library's prints and maps collection]. Large collection of maps, views, etc. of London with online catalogue for part of collection. Collage, their image databas, includes some maps and views. LMA address is 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB. 

Mining Plans Portal. Search the database of mined areas and mine plans and find out where records are held. Plans themselves are not yet scanned. 

National Collection of Aerial Photography. Aerial imagery from around the world some of which is available online. 

National Library of Scotland. Extensive collection particularly strong on Scottish mapping. Some map records are included in the online catalogue. Their website includes some useful links and some excellent images of maps of Scotland including the Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747-1755 (although not a NLS website see also the Roy's Roads website which includes a tracing of his roads on a modern map) and some Georeferenced maps including Scottish coastal charts, Ordnance Survey 1944-1950 Air Photo Mosaics of Scotland, smaller scale maps of England, Wales, Ireland and Belgium, andtheir holdings of British trench maps of the Western Front at scales of 1:20,000 (GSGS 2742), 1:10,000 (GSGS 3062) and larger. They have scanned, and made available online, all the OS County Series maps for Scotland - 40,120 map sheets as well as the six inch (1:10,560) County Series maps for England and Wales and some 25" (1:2,500) scale County Series maps of England and Wales. Use their Ordnance Survey Sheet Records Tool to find sheetlines for large scale OS maps, NLS holdings and, for some of the series, publication dates. National Library of Scotland is also an Ordnance Survey Licensed Partner, and from April 2013 has been able to offer a new service providing copies of in-copyright superseded Ordnance Survey maps for commercial and non-private uses, and is also home of the Bartholomew Archive. The Library's Digital Gallery may also be of interest. Among the National Library of Scotland's greatest treasures are the earliest surviving detailed maps of Scotland, made by Timothy Pont over 400 years ago, in the 1580s and 1590s. See also Maps of Jamaica by James Robertson, 1804.

National Library of Wales. Extensive collection with a particular strength in the mapping of Wales. Search for (some of thier) maps in their online catalogue. Check out their Cynefin : Mapping Wales’ sense of Place project which includes tithe maps and apportionment documents.

National Maritime Museum. Strong on charts, maritime atlases and globes. Has an online catalogue (click 'OK' to start new OPAC session). Also look at Online Collections which include images of charts and maps and globes.

Natural History Museum. Extensive collection of geological maps and related documents. World wide coverage. Online catalogue records are also available on COPAC.

Royal Geographical Society. Excellent map collection. Many map records are included in their online catalogue.

ScotlandsPlaces. A joint venture between The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). This online service includes catalogues and digital copies of maps, plans, photographs and other records from each institution. 

ShareGeo. A spatial data repository - a place where researchers, students and lecturers at UK HEFE institutions can deposit data for anyone to download and use. 

Sir John Soane's Museum Online Catalogue. Of particular interest may be the drawings catalogue which includes some plans of buildings, etc. The catalogue includes scanned images of many of the items. 

Trinity College Library Dublin. One of the six Legal Deposit Libraries. The excellent map collection is, naturally, strong in Irish materials. Some maps can be found via their online catalogue.

Town Maps of Great Britain. Electronic catalogue of British town maps. Each entry has deTailed bibliographic information plus a diagram showing the area covered by the map. Accompanied by a printed book of the same title by Roger J. P. Kain and Richard R. Oliver, The Town Maps of Great Britain.

World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue (WOSSAC). Project aiming to provide a secure home for soil survey reports, maps, imagery and photographs produced by British companies and surveyors overseas over the last 80 years in 250 territories, with a view to ensuring their enduring availability and protection.

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Gateway Sites

Map Curators' Toolbox. Lots of useful links of interest to all map users.

Map History / History of Cartography. THE Gateway to the subject. Lots of invaluable information on, e.g. events, fellowships and prizes, map collecting and collections, online images of maps and much more. Includes section entitled Books to get you into the Subject.

Intute. National JISC-funded free service for UK Higher Education providing access to web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists to create the Intute database. Try searching, for example, for 'cartography'. No new information added since July 2011. 

Truckers Report Guide to Maps and Mapping.

Some useful web sites maintained by Map Libraries and other Bodies include:

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Gazetteers and Directories

Also try some of the Street map sites

Archif Melville Richards: place-name databaseWelsh place names.

CIA - World Factbook. Country level information and some maps.

Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online. World gazetteer providing simple place name searching as well as more complex searching by type of place, size, etc. Full text searching also possible. Not available outside the University.

Gazetteer for Scotland. Being developed by Bruce Gittings of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Gazetteers of Scotland 1803-1901. Scottish gazeteers are also available at the Internet Archive

Gazetteer of British Place Names. From the Association of British Counties. Mainly settlement names. 

Genuki. Listing of web-based gazetteers covering the whole of the British Isles. Others covering smaller areas are listed on the relevant country and county pages. Results can be shown on a map. Note that some of the gazetteers are under development. 

GeoNames. Geographical database covering all countries and containing over eight million placenames, also lists of highest mountains, largest cities, etc. See on a map or download free of charge. 

GEOnet Names Server (GNS). Provides access to over 3 million place names outside of the USA.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names. A structured vocabulary containing around 1,000,000 names and other information about places. Includes all continents and nations of the modern political world, as well as historical places, physical features and administrative entities, such as cities and nations. 

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). Contains entries for almost 2,000,000 geographic features in the USA. The site is maintained by the United States Board of Geographic Names and the US Geological Survey, and a nice feature is that you can link from the search results to a map showing the location of the place. 

Historical Directories Searchable Digital Library. Digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.

Historical Streets Project. The National Archives is in the process of converting about 300 binders of street indexes to the censuses of England and Wales for 1841-1891 to create an online finding aid within Your Archives. Might be useful for finding building names, etc. BUT the indexes are only available for communities with a population of over 40,000. Use the search box in the top left of the screen. 

Irish Ancestors. Search for Irish place-names.

JewishGen. A genealogy website with a 'search for a town' option. The KehilaLinks (formerly ShtetLinks) page may also be useful. 

Library of Congress Country Studies. Not really a gazetteer but lots of background information.

Latin Place Names. An online list of Latin place-names and their vernacular equivalents. Also try Orbis Latinus Online. Also look at Omnes Viae, a reconstruction of the Tabula Peutingeriana 

National Gazetteer of Wales.

Nearby.org.uk. Geographical Search Engine for all things to do with mapping of GB, includes OS trig sources, web mapping site comparison table and an excellent online World co-ord Converter.

Northern Ireland Place-Name Project - Placenames NI. Search for a place names and discover historic names; also search for modern and historic maps from the 1830s. This is an ongoing project.

Northern Ireland - Valuation Revision Books. On the PRONI website. Fully searchable placename index to the Valuation Revision Books (VAL/12/B) covering counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone between the years 1864 to 1933.  In total, c.3,900 volumes were digitally captured, with over 440,000 images now available to view online. No maps. 

Ordnance Survey Gazetteer. Search the OS 1:50,000 gazetteer for place names and discover the National Grid reference, OS map number, and view an online map of the area (in the results list click on the link beside the 'type') heading. The search will retrieve Eastings and Northings but if you need latitude and longitude search www.streetmap.co.uk and then scroll down to the bottom of the page on which your map is displayed and click on the link that says: "Click here to convert/measure coordinates". A set of conversion results will then be displayed for that particular search. The Ordnance Survey also provides information on the origin of place names.

Permanent Committee on Geographical Names for British Official Use. Links to a selection of web sites throughout the world dealing with geographical names.

Place Names on the Internet. An extensive set of links provided by Arizona State University.

SACO. Excellent and comprehensive list of online gazetteers made available through the Library of Congress program for Cooperative Cataloging.

Shtetl Seeker (now part of JewishGen). Search by name or location for populated places in Eastern Europe, many of which no longer exist.

Le SPLAF Site sur la Population et les Limites Administratives de la France. Maps, history and gazetteer.

Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis (ed.), 1848 (7th ed.). Contains detailed topographical accounts of places, parishes and counties in England. [CUL has several editions available for consultation within the Library] 

UK Placename Finder. From Archaeology UK for the communities of field archaeologists, family historians and placename researchers. Provides a number of methods for interrogating the dataset. Search results provide links to a map, aerial photograph and historic and archaeological sites. 

Vision of Britain Through Time. An extensive site offering descriptive information on boundary changes as well as images of old maps, census data and travellers' tales.

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History of Cartography

(See also the DictionariesMap Collections and Online CataloguesOnline Journals and Online Maps - Old Maps sections of this web page)

Articles in Journals on the History of Cartography. Indexes and lists from the University of Utrecht. 

Atlas of Early Printing. An interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century.

CERL Thesaurus. Contains names of persons, corporate bodies, places and printers/publishers recorded in books or other material printed during the hand-press era (1450 - ca. 1830). 

Conservation Register. A service provided by the Institute of Conservation which helps you find information on accredited conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland. 

From the portolan chart of the Mediterranean to the latitude chart of the Atlantic : cartometric analysis and modeling. Doctoral thesis, 2010, by Joaquim Filipe Figueiredo Alves Gaspar.

History of Cartography Project. 'A research, editorial, and publishing venture drawing international attention to the history of maps and mapping'. The Project's major work is the multi-volume History of Cartography series [CUL classmark S696.b.079] the first three volumes of which are now (May 2013) available online

ICA Commission on the History of Cartography.

International Commission for the History of Towns (ICHT).

International Directory of Researchers in Map History. Online directory of researchers interested in any aspect of map history. 

Kunstpedia. An online source on non-printed reference material, on the subject of historical maps & cartography. See, for example, the results for a search on the word 'maps'.

Language of Bindings Thesaurus (LoB) A thesaurus of bookbinding terms for book structures dating from the ninth to the nineteenth century.

MapAnalyst. "A software for the accuracy analysis of old maps. Its main purpose is to compute distortion grids and other types of visualizations that illustrate the geometrical accuracy and distortion of old maps".

Map History / History of Cartography. THE Gateway to the subject. Lots of invaluable information on, e.g. events, fellowships and prizes, map collecting and collections, online images of maps and much more. Includes sections entitled: Books to get you into the SubjectWeb articles: PeopleSpecial topics: Peoplehow to tell a fake or forgery, and much more.

Maphist.com. Open information project for Map History. 

Mapping of New York State: A study in the history of cartography. By David Yehling Allen. Preliminary publication, which is undergoing continuous revision. 

New Landscapes: Enclosure in Berkshire. Maps and land awards on this site show the process of enclosing the common fields of the county of Berkshire between 1738 and 1883. Lots of background information on enclosure. 

Palaeography. From The National Archives - a web tutorial to help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800. See also Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy - Handwriting and Language Guide. 

Petrol Maps. Mapping the history of oil company road maps in Europe. Packed with information and illustrations. Includes section on dating oil company road maps.

'Silk maps'. Information about US cloth maps of WWII.

Watermarks - The Piccard Collection and see also here to search the catalogue.

Watermarks - The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive.

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Dictionaries and Translations

Cartographic
Language (including OED) and translation 
Biographical

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Language:

Biographical:

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Map Producers and Dealers

 

Sellers of Antiquarian Maps

MapRecord Publications has a list of dealers in antiquarian maps on its website. Also look at London Map Fairs; Map Collecting and Marketplace sections of the Map History / History of Cartography site. Sellers who sell Ordnance Survey maps can be found on the Charles Close Society website.

 

Sellers and Producers of Current Maps

Directories:

Eurogeographics. EuroGeographics is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2001 as the membership association and representative body of the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies. Includes details of the Agencies in each country with links to web sites, etc. 

National Mapping Agencies. This list is on the Charles Close Society website but is not restricted to British or Ordnance Survey related organisations. 

International Map Industry Association (IMIA). Lists map shops and dealers (worldwide) who are members of the association. Previoulsy known as International Map Trade Association, IMTA.

Individual Producers and Dealers: (See also Information Sheets 1A to 1D)

Alan Godfrey Maps. Publisher of facsimiles of old Ordnance Survey maps. Include local history notes.

British Geological Survey. Produces geological maps of Great Britain. See Make-a-Map for a very generalised view of the geology, etc. of Great Britain. More detailed maps(1:625,000 and 1:50,000 scales) can be found via the Geology of Britain Viewer. For geological map data go to DigMapGBBGS Maps Portal for old and new geological maps and sections (including Ireland). Or see the Interactive Geology Map of Anglesey.

Cassini Historical Maps. Digitally enhanced reproductions of old Ordnance Survey one-inch maps re-projected and enlarged to match the scale and coverage of the present-day Ordnance Survey Landranger® maps.

Cupri Media. Supplier of maps, books, etc. on Iran. 

Digital Data Services (DDS). Paper maps and digital data - USGS plus international publishers and Soviet military maps. 

Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Collects and supplies hydrographic and geospatial data for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping. Their Products and Services provides information on, for example, their standard, planning and sailing charts.

Macaulay Institute. Publishers of soil, land use and land capability maps of Great Britain. For map sales click here

Mapsales.com. "Sellers of wall maps of the world, continents, countries, USA, states and more".

MapStop. Online store but also has a shop in Brackley, Northamptonshire. 

MapsWorldwide.com. Online map shop based in Melksham (Wiltshire). 

Maxi-Map. Produces floor maps of, for example, Great Britain, Wales, the World, for use by schools, etc.. 

Omni. Online catalogue of a company selling current maps of all parts of the world.

Ordnance Survey (OS): Resposible for the mapping of the whole of Great Britain, extensive web site. For enquiries either email or telephone the Helpline 03454 56 04 20. Via OS Maps Online  (registration required) you can plan routes and get informaion on elevations along the route ; additional facilities, such as 1:25k and 1:50k scale maps, are available to subscribers only. New in 2010, OS OpenData provides access to a selection of the most detailed mapping datasets available for Great Britain. (Digimap OpenStream is a web service delivering OS OpenData to the UK academic sector using open standard WMS technology; access is not restricted to Digimap users, although a one-off online registration is required). The Innovate with OS OpenSpace pages provide access to a suite of free services and tools to make exploitation of OS free data easier. The OS website also provides information on the different scales of maps available, the National Gridcoordinate transformation tool, horizontal and vertical survey control and benchmark information. The OS's Teaching Resources page includes guides to map reading and the National Grid plus downloadable outline maps. The OS site includes a very brief history of OS with more details provided in two books available online - A History of the Ordnance Survey edited by W. A. Seymour and Map-makers to Britain since 1791 by Tim Owen and Elaine Pilbeam. Also look at Electoral and Administrative Boundary Maps. The Resources for Retailers page provides access to catalogues including theLeisure Map Catalogue which is updated each month. Find your nearest Planning Application Map Supplier, some of which may also be able to supply historical mapping. Graphic index for Landranger and Explorer maps.

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi). Topographic mapping of the Republic of Ireland. Via the Historic Map Archive you can view 6" and 25" maps published 1837-1913, download this data or place an order for delivery by post, look at modern mapping and orthophotography. In addition, provides access to Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland published in 1837.

Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI). OSNI (part of Land & Property Services) is the agency responsible for mapping, land registration, valuation and rating in Northern Ireland. On their website view modern and historic maps and buy paper maps. At The Northern Ireland Place-Name Project - Placenames NI search for a place names and for modern and historic maps from the 1830s. This is an ongoing project. 

Soil Maps:

National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield. Soil maps, digital and paper, of England and Wales. Publications list online and see also SoilScapes Viewer, a free online interactive simplified soil map for England and Wales andLandIS, the 'Land Information System'

Macaulay Institute. Publishers of soil, land use and land capability maps, digital and paper, of Scotland. For map sales click here.

Stanfords. Large London map and travel book store, also with online shop. 

The Map Shop. The shop is in High Street, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire but can also order online. 

US Geological Survey (USGS). USGS produces topographic maps of the USA. See The National Map for access to high-quality, geospatial data and information from the USGS as well as Federal, State, and local partners. Or tryThe National Atlas. Click here for list of sites where USGS maps can be viewed or see the USGS Store if you wish to buy maps. There is also useful information at DDS. Try the National Geological Map database to search for USGS geological maps and related data.

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