Maps

  • Ancient Rome 3D
    is a digital recreation of over 7,000 buildings during the reign of Constantine (circa 320 CE).
  • Archiportal
    This mashup of Google Maps and Freebase – an open and collaborative database of the world’s knowledge – allows a user to search by location or by architect and view the information plotted on a map.
  • Chicago Landmarks
    Created by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, this site features historically significant buildings and architects active in Chicago. You can locate landmarks by name or location, take an online tour, or search a database containing over 17,000 properties of historical significance.
  • Collect Britain
    This site showcases over 90,000 items in the collections of the British Library, including over 1,000 maps and plans of London.
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 18,460 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
    Created for fire insurance purposes, these maps are rich and detailed. UTSOA has access to the Texas collection.
  • Early Real Estate Insurance Maps of New York
    Hundreds of real estate maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn from the 1850s-1860s. Originated by William Perris and commonly called "fire insurance maps," they show streets, blocks, tax lots, and use classifications plus earlier natural and manmade features.
  • GeoEye
    Satellite images available to the public, free of charge.
  • Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1542-2000
    USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington uses two forms of narrative in Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1954-2000 to investigate the city's history in terms of cultural, economic and political landscapes. Yet unfinished, the site presently includes three short essays focusing on the history of Hollywood, aeronautics and the oil industry in Los Angeles complemented by a photographic narrative featuring images of Klansmen and tire workers alongside those of Hollywood fame and photos of the city's Case Study houses by Julius Schulman. In addition, an interactive map allows for quick location of sites within the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Google Earth Prado Masterpieces
    Google Earth has incorporated ulta-high resolution images of fourteen masterpieces from the Museo del Prado’s collection.
  • Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge
    USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington developed this website to confront the issues that plague urban historical investigations of Los Angeles. The site content examines the city through images and, essays both historical and historiographical, to treat the subject comprehensively. The content includes photographs, plans, models, maps, photomontages, and "reflexive index sets," historic images grafted onto a present-day photograph to demonstrate the scope of site history.
  • MIMOA
    Mi Modern Architecture is a user-generated database that covers international contemporary buildings (over 2,000). Use it as a research tool or as a guide for planning an architectural tour of a city.
  • Nolli Map of Rome
    an interactive website allows you to explore Rome’s natural environment, demographics, infrastructure and architecture
  • Online Archive of California
    The OAC facilitates and provides access to primary sources and their digital facsimiles, including maps, architectural and engineering records held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.
  • OpenStreetMap
    OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project and a wiki-style map of the world that allows you to view, edit and use geographical data.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
    Links to over 11,000 digitized maps from the collection.
  • Social Explorer
    Containing hundreds of interactive data maps of the United States, Social Explorer allows you to make maps and reports, visually analyze the demography of the U.S., and explore historical demographic data.
  • Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project
    Carved on the walls of the Templum Pacis between 203-211 CE, the map of Rome includes extremely detailed floor plans of everything from public baths to apartments.
  • TARO: Texas Archival Resources Online
    TARO makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections.
  • Texas Bird's-Eye Views
    This collection at the Amon Carter Museum contains over 60 bird's eye views from the 19th and 20th centuries of 49 cities in Texas.
  • The Giza Archives Project
    Containing excavation photographs, expedition diary entries, maps, and digitized books and articles, this site aims to become the world's central repository for the archaeological history of the Giza site.
  • The National Map, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
    The National Map is an interactive topographical map service sponsored by USGS.
  • United States Geological Survey
    This site contains links to geologic information, maps, and geospatial data.
  • USGS Photography Library
    The library consists of photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    With content that is created and maintained by volunteers, Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts.