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African American Studies: Maps

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Mapping resources & tools

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Africa Maps from Herskovits Library


16th - Earth 20th Century Maps of Africa
Digital copies of 113 antique maps and accompanying text dating from the mid 16th to early 20th centuries. Maps are authentic and collected by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (Africana Library) at Northwestern University. The cartouche above is from a beautiful 1635 map by Bleau.

More African Maps

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

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - Africa Maps: Africa maps available on the web and 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.

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!

Contact

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