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Maps, Exploration and Empire: Maps in Duke Libraries

Special Collections

There are many original maps in Special Collections, and books containing maps, such as atlases.

Search the catalog or visit the SCL Reading Room and consult the reference librarian.

List of selected documents from Special Collections on maps and exploration.

Use the Getit@duke button to get the catalog record.

Fascimile maps

Fascimile maps are exact replicas of historic maps.   We have a large selection in the Maps Collection.  (see list below for examples)   These can often be found using the library catalog.


Selected list of Fascimile Maps in Perkins Map Collection
Use the "getit@duke" button to see the catalog number.


Maps on Microfilm

Title: The sea-atlas [microform] : containing an hydrographical description of most of the sea-coasts of the known parts of the world.

Author: Thornton, Samuel.
Perkins Public Documents/Maps (2 copies available) M2 fiche 1-22 c.1      (Maps Microforms)   M2 Supplement: guide 1-2 c.1        


We have many historical atlases and books about maps in the libraries.   The best way to search is by subject, for example:

America--discovery and exploration--maps

Africa--discovery and exploration--maps

India--discovery and exploration--maps


India maps history

Africa maps history

Exploration maps history


British Empire -- maps