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A photo of the Jno. Glidden ship as it sinks.

Lost at Sea: The Treasure Maps of the Library of Congress

Posted by: Cynthia Smith

A picture of a skull and crossbones marks the location of a special collection in the Geography and Map Division. The collection consists of wreck charts published by U.S. federal government agencies, treasure maps made by famous cartographers during the 18th and 19th centuries, and treasure maps published by commercial companies during the mid -20th …

Authorized map of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Illustrated map of Antarctica with information about the expedition and an inset map of its route

Virtual Orientation: Maps in the Classroom

Posted by: Amelia Raines

Please join Geography and Map Division staff tomorrow for a virtual orientation to our collections and resources! Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023 Time: 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern) Location: Zoom Register for this session here! Join us for a virtual orientation that will provide an introduction to the world’s largest map library, this time with a special focus on …

Land ownership map of Strafford County, New Hampshire

Virtual Orientation: Using Maps in Genealogical Research

Posted by: Amelia Raines

This afternoon, please join Geography and Map Division staff for a virtual orientation focused on maps and genealogy! Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Time: 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern) Location: Zoom Register for this session here! Reference librarians Amelia Raines and Julie Stoner will present an introduction to the Library of Congress Geography and Map collections. This orientation session …

Three maps of Japan that shows the distribution of earthquakes.

Mapping Magnitude: The Evolution of Earthquake Maps

Posted by: Sonia Kahn

Did you know that worldwide, roughly 55 earthquakes are recorded per day? Of course, the vast majority of these seismic events are minor, making it all the more impressive that we are able to detect them. The technology used to gather data on earthquakes and seismic movements has vastly improved over time, and with it …

Screenshot of View from Above web map with clusters of maps shown on basemap of US.

New Interactive Map Showcases the Panoramic Maps Collection

Posted by: Tim St. Onge

The Panoramic Maps Collection, one of our most popular collections, features more than a thousand beautifully illustrated “bird’s-eye-view” maps of towns and cities across the United States, Canada, and even some internationally. To celebrate this collection, we are excited to launch View from Above: Exploring the Panoramic Map Collection, an interactive map that makes browsing …