Skip to comments.Open Access Maps at New York Public Library (20,000+ cartographic works free download)
Posted on 04/06/2014 4:17:50 AM PDT by NYer
The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Librarys Digital Collections page, and downloaded (!), through the Map Warper. First, create an account, then click a map title and go. Heres a primer and more extended blog post on the warper.
It means you can have the maps, all of them if you want, for free, in high resolution. Weve scanned them to enable their use in the broadest possible ways by the largest number of people.
Though not required, if youd like to credit the New York Public Library, please use the following text "From The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. Doing so helps us track what happens when we release collections like this to the public for free under really relaxed and open terms. We believe our collections inspire all kinds of creativity, innovation and discovery, things the NYPL holds very dear.
A little background on how we got here Weve been scanning maps for about 15 years, both as part of the NYPLs general work but mostly through grant funded projects like the 2001 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded American Shores: Maps of the MidAtlantic to 1850, the 2004 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded Building a Globally Distributed Historical Sheet Map Set and the 2010 NEH funded New York City Historical GIS.
Through these projects, weve built up a great collection of: 1,100 maps of the Mid-Atlantic United States and cities from the 16th to 19th centuries, mostly drawn from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection; a detailed collection of more than 700 topographic maps of the Austro-Hungarian empire created between 1877 and 1914; a collection of 2,800 maps from state, county and city atlases (mostly New York and New Jersey); a huge collection of more than 10,300 maps from property, zoning, topographic, but mostly fire insurance atlases of New York City dating from 1852 to 1922; and an incredibly diverse collection of more than 1,000 maps of New York City, its boroughs and neighborhoods, dating from 1660 to 1922, which detail transportation, vice, real estate development, urban renewal, industrial development and pollution, political geography among many, many other things.
We in the Map Division are all very excited about this release and look forward to seeing these maps in works of art, historical publications, movies, archaeological reports, novels, environmental remediation efforts, urban planning studies and more Enjoy!
* The maps may be subject to rights of privacy, rights of publicity and other restrictions. It is your responsibility to make sure that you respect these rights.
An amazing collection of maps from all parts of the US and world ... FREE!
Cool Thanks for posting!!!
Your post is one of the special things about fr
They don’t have this map which I thought gone as it was burned in the opening credits.
$50 for a 300dpi TIFF file, which isn’t bad. They have to recoup their digitizations, storage, and distribution costs.
I found my GG grand uncles' homestead land documents for their farms in Potlatch, ID in the early 1880s.
I love old stuff.
(Hell, I am old stuff.)
Oh yeah; I forgot to say, it’s free, too
That’s impressive. With the right kind of paper, and a wide-bed printer, you could have some very nice wall hangings. Would look great over a mantle.
same maps and thousands more all free at loc.gov
That’s great...thanks for posting.
I used to have a map that was drawn in the late 1850s that showed railways nationwide. It was fascinating at the time, because I worked for MCI, and this hundred+ year old map lined up really well against our fiber routes at the time. It's not really surprising given how right-of-way works, but I still thought it was cool.
...you can have the maps, all of them if you want, for free, in high resolution.
This just begs for someone to ping you...
Thanks for posting this.
The university of texas has 40,000 or so maps online for free
I was just checking to see if someone else had done that otherwise I would have.
Love it! Thanks for posting.
Thanks for that info ;)
I don’t dare go there. I am a map person and if I went in I would never come out.
When I opened this thread the first thing I did was search the site for Historical Texas maps. No Republic of Texas maps, but they had a couple old Texas maps.
Then I saw your link to the University of Texas map archive... BINGO!
I am going to spend some time in thar.
mapaholics anonymous needed here too..
Here is another interesting sight for different maps of all sorts
I asked them about a map Friday and zap...... there it was in my in box this morning
A’int Texas Great?
Then you’d become a legend. /rimshot