Whether researching details for historical fiction writing, trying to understand the life experiences of your ancestors, or uncovering mysteries and filling holes in the timelines of other people from the past, you might have a need or curiosity to figure out how a trip was made from one place to another in a different era.
This guide is designed to help researchers answer these kinds of questions. While there is a heavy concentration on resources for North America, this guide also includes materials on an international scope. As such, the guide aims to help researchers develop a strategy by showing:
Click the above tabs to learn more about how Maps, Travel Guides, Timetables, and Additional Resources can assist your research into historical travel. Make sure to click these main heading tabs before exploring the dropdown menus, to get a clear introduction about the material type.
The recommended items in this research guide are only a selection of the vast amount of materials we have at NYPL. As such, make sure to utilize the page Using Our Catalogs, as well as the "Catalog Tips" on each page, to ensure that you are searching our entire collection.
In addition, please note that the selection of recommended materials in this research guide are organized alphabetically by title.
Under each title are bullet points. These bullet points will include, in the following order:
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For certain cartographic items in the Map Division, you will need to register for a NYPL Special Collections account. With this account, you can request cartographic materials to view in advance of your visit.
To do so, you can visit the Online Research Catalog to search for collections and use the “Request Appointment” or “Request to Use On-Site” buttons to make your requests. If an item does not have either button, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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This research guide is completed in memory of Nancy Kandoian, beloved Cataloger and Librarian of the Map Division at NYPL.