American Geographical Society Library



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Atlas collection

The Library contains nearly 11,000 atlases ranging from 15th century editions of Ptolemy's Geographia to the most modern compilations in paper or digital format.  The rare atlas collection consists of over 1,500 volumes of world and regional atlases.  This collection contains classic world atlases, beginning with three versions of the 1573 Ortelius atlas and includes works by Gerardus Mercator, Gerard de Jode, J. J. Jansson, Willem Janszoon, Joan Blaeu, Nicolas Sanson, to name only a few.  Also included is a collection of early Dutch, French and English marine atlases, and approximately 430 U.S. state, county and city atlases from the nineteenth century. The UWM Libraries are currently working on a "recataloging" project to get atlases cataloged online. Atlases may be searched in the card catalog or online using PantherCat.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases for 1894 and 1910 are now online through the UWM Libraries Digital Collections. Click here to view them.


Some atlases not entirely cataloged online:

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