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19thc Maps of Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia 19th-Century Maps of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia
19th-century maps of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. Most of these maps were published in Western Europe, and nearly all the others were published in Russia or in the United States. The maps are products of--or were designed to support--the major European and Russian activities in the region: exploration, scientific research, resource exploitation, conquest, and administration.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Middle East
African Studies
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
Geography
Asian Cities Maps Asian Cities - Late 19th- and early 20th-century maps
Late 19th- and early 20th-century sheet maps of Asian (or partly Asian) cities that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection. Several of the cities portrayed in these maps are now among the world's largest, but they were all much smaller places during the years when the maps were compiled.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Maps
Before and After the Fire, Davie's atlas Chicago Before and after the fire: Chicago in the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s
Sheet maps of Chicago from the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
History
Maps
Central Europe Maps Central Europe - 18th-Century Maps
Maps of the area in the middle part of Europe that, in the 18th century, was largely administered by members of the German-speaking nobility. Its boundaries, with some notable exceptions, coincided roughly with those of the then somewhat moribund Holy Roman Empire. It incorporated present-day Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and large parts of Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Kaliningradskaia oblast' as well as northeastern Italy and German-speaking Switzerland.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
European History
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
Geography
Maps
Chicago in the 1890s Chicago in the 1890s
Sheet maps of Chicago in the 1890s that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection. The 1890s were an extraordinary decade for Chicago, perhaps the only period in the city's history when its status as a "world city" would be disputed by few.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Geography
Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s: the view from the Chicago School (the Social Science Research Committee maps)
"During the 1920s and 1930s numerous scholars at the University of Chicago did research on Chicago itself. These scholars, whose work is sometimes associated with the label "Chicago School," or "Chicago School of Sociology," played a major role in establishing urban studies as an important academic enterprise. All of these maps were produced under the aegis of the Social Science Research Committee or its immediate predecessor, the Local Community Research Committee.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Sociology
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Chicago 1900-1914 Maps Chicago, 1900-1914
Sheet maps of Chicago from the years between 1900 and the onset of World War I. The maps portray a city where much that was true of Chicago in the 1890s remained the case. Chicago continued to grow, reaching a population (not counting suburbs) of nearly 2.2 million in 1910, and perhaps 2.4 million in 1914, when (by some measures) it was still the world’s sixth largest city.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Maps
James Rennell. Peninsula Indiae citra Gangem hoc est orae celeberrimae Malabar et Coromandel cum adjacente insula non minus celebratissima Ceylon, 1733 Digital South Asia - Maps
Catalogs of maps and maps themselves, ranging from historical to topographic as well as GIS data
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Maps
South Asia
Southern Asia
Ethnographic Maps of the 19th c Ethnographic Maps of the 19th Century
19th-century ethnographic maps that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection. Most of these maps show the distribution of particular ethnic groups or languages. A few show the geography of other aspects of culture.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Sociology
Anthropology
Maps
European Transportation Map European Transportation Maps of the 19th Century
Maps showing European transportation facilities during the 19th century documenting an extraordinary change. At the beginning of the 19th century movement was largely along dirt roads and depended on horses or foot travel. By the end of the 19th century, transportation had become enormously faster, more reliable, and more comfortable. I that did not show railroad lies.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
History
European History
Maps
FAW - History of the Indian tribes The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
A collaboration between the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky, to digitize 745 rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, prints, and manuscripts presenting a wide-ranging historical overview of the Ohio River Valley and trans-Appalachian West from the earliest Euro-American settlement to the passing of the frontier beyond the Mississippi River.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Books & Journals
Maps
Subjects
American History
Government Maps of Chicago Government maps of Chicago in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s
During the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, there was a slow growth in the planning role of municipal governments in many large American cities, including Chicago. Cartographic materials of various sorts were one of the byproducts of this growth.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
American History
Political Science
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Geography
European City Planning Map Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century European City-Planning Maps
Late 19th- and early 20th-century European city-planning maps that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection. Some are maps of actual plans for the future, not all of which (for example those of Cabourg and Moscow) were actually carried out.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
History
Political Science
Maps
Latin American Cities Latin American Cities - Late 19th- and early 20th-century maps
Late 19th- and early 20th-century sheet maps of Latin American cities that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
History
Latin American Studies
Maps
Geography
Karte des Russischen Reichs in Europa The Maps of Heinrich Kiepert
Geographer Heinrich Kiepert (1818-1899) is generally reckoned one of the more important scholarly cartographers of the second half of the 19th century. This Web page provides access to some Kiepert maps held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Classics
Middle East
Geography
Maps
Plan of the Fortifications of the City of Paris ... 1848? Paris in the 19th Century
Maps and views of 19th-century Paris that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection. The maps document the transformation of Paris from a compact city of half a million in 1800 into an industrial metropolis of nearly 3.5 million a century later.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
History
Maps
European History
Geography
Midwest Planning Map Planning Maps of Midwestern Cities in the 1920s and 1930s
Government planning maps of Midwestern cities from the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the maps are zoning or land-use maps.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Political Science
American History
Maps
Geography
Brighton Park, prepared by Department of Sociology, The University of Chicago Social Scientists Map Chicago
Geographer Chauncy Harris often argued that Chicago in the first half of the 20th century was the most studied city in the world. This claim is unprovable, but there were certainly an enormous number of scholarly studies of Chicago between the 1920s and the middle of the 20th century. Many of these included maps.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Political Science
Sociology
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Engraving of the Colosseum The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
A digital version of the Library's extensive collection of Antonio Lafreri's Renaissance-era Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae prints and maps which depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. The site also contains a set of virtual itineraries through Rome, guided by scholars from around the country.
Formats
Digital
Images
Maps
Subjects
Classics
European History
Art
Architecture
Late Nineteenth Century Urban Rail Urban Rail Transit - Late 19th- and early 20th-century maps
Late 19th- and early 20th-century urban rail transit maps that roughly illustrate the history of urban rail transit between the 1860s and the 1920s. These years were the heyday of urban rail transit. Virtually every city in the Western world and in its colonial offshoots had street railroads during much or all of this period.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
History
Maps
European History
American History