Available on all different subjects, these essays and guides “illuminat[e] collections and services at The New York Public Library.” You can pull up those on particular subjects or from particular divisions of the Library.
The Library, in partnership with Google, has digitized more than 400,000 books from its historic collection. These books published before 1925 are in the public domain and can be found here in Google Books. Additional public domain books digitized from NYPL and other research library collections can be found at HathiTrust. Among these, find books about mapping and the history of cartography, cartobibliographies, and gazetteers to locate places on old maps. For example:
The History of the Survey of Ireland, by Thomas Aiskew Larcom
Les Anciens Plans de Paris, by Alfred Franklin
Courtesy of HathiTrust. Franklin, Alfred. Les Anciens Plans de Paris. Paris : Léon Willem, 1878-1880.
In addition, NYPL has developed Digital Research Books, an early beta test of a new project that collects digital versions of research books from many different sources — including Open Access publications — into one convenient place to search. There are multiple digital versions available for many books (from various editions and sources or in multiple formats), and Digital Research Books makes it easier to understand the differences between them.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, by Simon Winchester
Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America, by Susan Schulten
Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution that Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality, by Bill Kilday (an e-audiobook, also available as an e-book)
The National Geographic Virtual Library includes, among other things, browsable and searchable issues of the National Geographic Magazine and images of the map supplements published over more than 100 years.
It’s always worthwhile to remember that there’s a lot of map-related research and information within the general databases that the Library subscribes to. You might say that the indexing and full-text of news, general-interest, and scholarly articles and books of the subscription databases that are fairly broad in their subject coverage have buried treasure as far as maps and cartography are concerned. Discovery of cross-disciplinary articles is part of the trove; take, for example, finding a citation to the article, “Progress and Challenges in Infectious Disease Cartography,” in the journal Trends in Parasitology in Academic Search Premier. This database also includes content from such subject-specific journals as Cartographica and Cartographic Perspectives.
So, along with Academic Search Premier, here are some key general resources:
Project MUSE articles and books from certain university presses are being made freely available during this time (no library card required). For example:
Trading Paths: Mapping Chickasaw History in the Eighteenth Century, by Wendy St. Jean, in The American Indian Quarterly from the University of Nebraska Press
Though not all of the Project MUSE offerings are freely accessible, with your library card you can view and download university press studies such as this:
Map Worlds: A History of Women in Cartography, by Will C. van den Hoonaard
In addition, during the time we are temporarily closed, additional critical resources (usually available only onsite at the Library) are available from home with an NYPL card and PIN. Among them are:
Readex Databases, including America’s Historical Newspapers
JSTOR provides discovery and full-text for one of the premier journals in the history of cartography, Imago Mundi.
For the creation of maps with demographic, business, and marketing data, NYPL provides remote access for those with library cards to: