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Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:15:01 +0000
Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress
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Fri, 04 Jan 2019 14:26:36 +0000
Library of Congress Story Maps Dive into Early Photography
The latest Story Maps from the Library of Congress detail some of the fascinating adventures and technological innovations of early photography! Story Maps are immersive, interactive web applications that showcase the incredible stories of Library of Congress collections through text, images, multimedia, and interactive maps. You can find all Library of Congress Story Maps at […] [ + ]
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 20:23:33 +0000
A Year in Review: Newly Scanned Maps of 2018
At this time last year, I shared a blog post reviewing maps that had been newly digitized that year. To celebrate the end of 2018 and to ring in 2019, I decided to continue the tradition and take a look back at the lists of maps that were scanned this past year and choose just […] [ + ]
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:36:44 +0000
Connecting Collections: The Battle of Trenton and Princeton
The following post is by Ed Redmond, a cartographic reference specialist in the Geography & Map Division. During the winter of 1776-1777, two key battles became an important turning point for George Washington’s Continental Army and the American struggle against the vaunted British Empire. In this blog post we will explore three maps that depict […] [ + ]
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 19:04:53 +0000
Mappy Thanksgiving!
The following post is by Ed Redmond, a cartographic reference specialist in the Geography & Map Division. According to lore, the very first Thanksgiving was celebrated in what is today Plymouth, Massachusetts. The location owes its name to the English port of Plymouth where the settlers, also referred to as Pilgrims, began their transatlantic voyage. […] [ + ]
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:15:24 +0000
Mapping Armistice Day: 11 November 1918
The following post is by Ryan Moore, a cartographic specialist in the Geography and Map Division. At 11 am on November 11, 1918, the long and terrible fighting that was known as the Great War ended. The final hour of the final day of World War I, as it is known today, was documented by […] [ + ]
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:12:50 +0000
Extremities of the Earth: The Longest River (Part 2)
In Part 1 of this post, we discussed the Amazon River in South America as a contender for the title of the longest river on Earth. While arguments have been made by some cartographers that the Amazon should be given this distinction, it is traditionally held by most that the longest river in the world […] [ + ]
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:29:33 +0000
Announcing GIS Day at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, November 14th!
The Library of Congress is proud to celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14th, with a morning of engaging talks and discussions on the theme of “GIS in K-12 Education: from Data to STEM.” We are pleased to feature Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-4), who will speak about the Geospatial Data Act and the role of […] [ + ]
Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:16:57 +0000
Extremities of the Earth: The Longest River (Part 1)
The Amazon or the Nile? The debate over which deserves the title of longest river is centuries old. Determining the world’s longest river is not a simple matter of using a measuring tape to find the distance! In this new post in our Extremities of the Earth series, we will explore these two mighty waterways […] [ + ]
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:58:27 +0000
Mapping the Way to Nirvana: a Burmese Theravada Buddhist Carving
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. –Guatama Buddha Recently, the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division, acquired a rare eighteenth century carving of a Theravada Buddhist cosmography that originally came from Myanmar (formerly known […] [ + ]

Exploring County Land Ownership Maps
The following post is adapted from an essay written by Richard W. Stephenson, former Specialist in American Cartographic History at the Library of Congress, in “Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century Unites States County Maps in the Library of Congress.” The essay has been edited and updated by Ed Redmond, a cartographic reference […] [ + ]
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