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Historic Maps of Africa collection

Extent:
78 maps
Container:
Item EEPA.1991-001
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa -- Discovery and exploration
Angola
Ghana
Egypt
Cameroon
Sierra Leone
Africa -- Maps
Senegal
Gambia
Guinea
Africa -- Colonization
Africa
Africa -- Civilization
Africa, Southern
Kalabar (Nigeria)
Volta River (Ghana)
Africa, North
Africa, East -- views
Africa, West -- views
Date:
circa 1631-1973
Summary:
The Historic Maps of Africa collection includes 78 maps and dates from circa 1631 to 1973. Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.
Scope and Contents:
The Historic Maps of Africa collection consists of 78 maps, dating from circa 1631 to 1973, with the bulk created in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The maps vary in size, ranging from the smallest at 7 x 7 (7/8) inches to the largest at 40 x 30 (5/8) inches.

Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.

The majority of the maps in the collection feature color illustrations. Titles and descriptions of the maps are in several languages (Dutch, English, French, German, and others), representing the different colonial powers in control at the time. Particular maps of interest include an 1830 colored map in English titled "Africa from the Best Authorities," which illustrates the entire African continent, various ethnic groups, and the inroads made by European colonial powers; and a 1656 topographic map in French depicting the west-central coast of Africa, specifically the mountains and rivers of the region.

Digital copies of the maps are available.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in chronological order.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1991-001
Additional Online Media:

"Africa (From Arrowsmiths Map of Africa)"

Extent:
1 map (color, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (21 x 26.7 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1803
Scope and Contents note:
Depicts seven hills at Oliphants River at the Cape of Good Hope.
General note:
Publisher: Cadel & Davis, Strand and Longman & Rees, Paternoster Row

Author: A. Arrowsmith
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0032
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref84

"Map of Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 21 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. (55 x 42.5 cm))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 42
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1874
Scope and Contents note:
Depicts major cities.
General note:
Publisher: Taintor Bros. & Merrill

Citation: No. LII (52)
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0049
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref132

"Map of Northeast Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 40 x 30 5/8 in. (101.6 x 77.8 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M8, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Includes contour coloring depicting roads and boundaries.
General note:
Publisher: John Bartholomew & Son LTD.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0068
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref182

"Overland Route Map of Africa"

Extent:
1 map (b&w, 18 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (46 x 42.9 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 59
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Illustrates routes from Mafeking to Angola, Belgian Congo, Tanganyika, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Egypt.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0072
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref198

Map of Lower and Upper Egypt

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Subject:
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Dietrich Reimer Verlag (Berlin, Germany)  Search this
Physical description:
1 map : 32.5 cm. x 52.2 cm
Type:
Maps
Place:
Egypt
Date:
1903-1936
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Cartography  Search this
Local number:
D-1262
FSA A.06 05.1262
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
See more items in:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 5: Drawings and Maps 1903-1947
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_292498

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, North American Maps, Site Selection: Sonoma County

Artist:
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, active 1958  Search this
Christo, born Gabrovo, Bulgaria 1935  Search this
Jeanne-Claude, born Casablanca, Morocco 1935-died New York City 2009  Search this
Publisher:
North American Maps  Search this
Medium:
pencil on color printed paper
Dimensions:
19 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (48.9 x 69.9 cm)
Type:
Other-Archival Material
Date:
ca. 1973
Topic:
Object\written matter\map  Search this
Modern art movement\installation exterior\Running Fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Object number:
RF.3.236
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1973, Christo
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_RF.3.236

The Arabs in Central Africa : (see maps) / by James Stevenson

Title:
Africa
Author:
Stevenson, James  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
p. 72-86, [1] folded leaf : maps (1 col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Africa, Central
Nyasa, Lake
Date:
1888
1888?]
Topic:
Arabs  Search this
Slave trade  Search this
Call number:
DT351 .S84 1888
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808490

Weems, Philip Van Horn; Aeronautical Charts and Maps. [map]

Photographer:
Geographical Section, General Staff, United States War Office  Search this
Type:
Maps
Date:
1942
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Maps  Search this
Local number:
NASM-NASM-9A13738
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
See more items in:
Philip Van Horn (P. V. H.) Weems Papers
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390488

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 12 1/8 x 15 in. (30.8 x 38.1 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1834
Scope and Contents note:
Gives names of some cities and tribes.
General note:
Artist/Engraver: Thomas Illman
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0042
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref111

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 8 1/2 x 11 in. (21.6 x 28 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1840
General note:
Publisher: Longamn, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, Paternoster Row

Artist/Engraver: Sydney Hall
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0045
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref120

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 18 1/4 x 17 3/8 in. (46.4 x 44.1 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1873
Scope and Contents note:
Created for Black's General Atlas.
General note:
Publisher: A&C Black. Edinburgh

Artist/Engraver: J. Bartholomew
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0047
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref126

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 24 x 18 7/8 in. (61 x 47.9 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 45
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1888
General note:
Publisher: A & C Black. Edinburgh

Artist/Engraver: J. Bartholomew
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0052
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref141

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (b&w, 7 x 7 7/8 in. (17.8 x 20 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1704
General note:
Artist/Engraver: R. Morden

Citation: l'Academie Royale des Sciences
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0004
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref9

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 14 1/4 x 10 in. (36.2 x 25.4 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1813 January 1
General note:
Publisher: S&G Neele Strand
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0035
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref93

"Africa"

Extent:
1 item (8 1/4 x 20 in. (21 x 50.8 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 58
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Sea navigation map illustrating wind currents. Depicts Africa, part of America, India and China.
General note:
Citation: Believed to be part of larger map.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0071
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref195

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 15 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (38.7 x 50.2 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 43
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1881
Scope and Contents note:
Delineates boundaries of European territories and depicts railway routes. Includes a small inset illustrating lower Egypt.
General note:
Artist/Engraver: S. Augustus Mitchell
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0050
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref135

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 12 1/2 x 15 7/8 in. (31.8 x 40.3 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1834
Scope and Contents:
Delineates boundaries of European territories.
General note:
Publisher: H.S. Tanner

Artist/Engraver: H.S. Tanner

Citation: Tanner's Universal Atlas
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0043
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Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref114

"Africa"

Extent:
1 map (color, 11 5/8 x 16 1/4 in. (29.5 x 41.3 cm.))
Container:
Map-case M7, Folder 41
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1873
Scope and Contents note:
Includes a small inset of the Suez Canal.
General note:
Publisher: J. Bartholomew

Artist/Engraver: J. Bartholomew
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-001, Item EEPA.1991-001-0048
See more items in:
Historic Maps of Africa collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1991-001-ref129

[Cable connections between United States, South America, Africa, Azores, and Cape Verde. map]

Collector:
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item 10.4" x 7.8"
Type:
Maps
Date:
1900
1950
Undated
Topic:
Cable stations  Search this
Telegraph, Wireless  Search this
Local number:
AC0205-0000067 (AC Scan)
Restrictions & Rights:
Unrestricted research access by appointment
Contact Archives Center for copyright information and reproduction requests
See more items in:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1820-1995
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_282568

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