Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- III -- THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- PART TWO
- 43 -- MAP DIVISION AND GENERAL MAP RESOURCES
- SPECIAL INDEXES AND FILES

SPECIAL INDEXES AND FILES

The Map Division catalog contains cards not only for the maps and other cartographic publications in the division but also for manuscript maps in the Manuscripts and Archives Division, early printed maps in the Rare Book Division, and maps in the Phelps Stokes collection of American historical prints in the Prints Division. The catalog is a dictionary listing, with entries under author's name; place entries (the most extensive type); subject entries (for such topics as geology and pictorial maps); and title entries for some books. The catalog of the Map Division was published in book form in ten volumes by G.K. Hall & Company of Boston in 1971.

The following special files are in the Map Division:

Bibliography File

This is a card file arranged first by map subject (globes, braille maps, etc.) and then alphabetically by author under these subjects (active, 9 card drawers). The file refers to books and periodicals containing information on maps and cartography.

Clipping File

The Map Division clips from newspapers and other sources information on maps and cartography (active, 10 folders). Clippings are mounted on sheets arranged by geographical area in file folders. The material is not cataloged.

Vertical File

The division retains maps in unusual format (such as those used in advertising, on dust jackets, on Christmas cards, or on place mats) arranged in folders by broad subject or form (active, 1 file drawer). This material is not cataloged.

The American History Division maintains the following file relating to maps:

American Historical Maps

This is a card index to historical maps found in the older books in the American History Division (inactive, 1 card drawer). It includes primarily maps of the United States and does not index historical maps in the Map Division or in other divisions of the library.