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African American Studies: Maps

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Mapping resources & tools

Africa Maps from Herskovits Library

16th - Earth 20th Century Maps of Africa
This site features digital copies of 113 antique maps of Africa and accompanying text dating from the mid 16th Century to the early 20th Century. All scanned maps are authentic and originally collected by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (or the Africana Library) at Northwestern University.

The cartouche above is from a beautiful 1635 map by Bleau

More African Maps

Beacause of the presence of the Africana Collection in the library, we have a good map collection housed in the Govinfo Map Collection. The Map Collection also has a good collection of topographic maps of Africa.  Please ask to locate maps you need.

Map History: Africa
A collection of links to online & historic Africa maps.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - Africa Maps
This library links to online Africa maps available on the web and also scanned maps from its map collection - good sources for contemporary, mid-scale topographic maps produced by US government.

Harvard - AfricaMap
AfricaMap lets researchers discover and explore various geographic information on one map. Various data and scanned historic & topographic maps ("Map Layers" > "Base Mapping") are available from the site.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
This database (here is the actual database download site) compliments a new atlas, Atlas of The Transatlantic Slave Trade, You can also see the flows of the slave trade in the AfricaMap site above (see under "Map Layers" > "Economics" category.)

GEOSPATIAL DATA REPORT : Finding & Using GIS Data - Africa
My GIS data directory for people who need current geospatial/GIS data for Africa. Or, please just ask me if you want to locate data!


Kathleen E. Bethel, African American Studies Librarian & Liaison for Caribbean Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies:  kbethel@northwestern.eduFaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter @AALibnNU