The Geography and Map Division collaborates with other divisions
in the Library of Congress (LC) to educate traditionally, as well
as digitally. Maps in other LC online venues provides a listing
of electronic surrogates to these Exhibits and Global Gateways.
||1492: An Ongoing Voyage This exhibition
examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and
settlers from 1492 to 1600. During this period, in the wake of Columbus's voyages, Africans also arrived
in the hemisphere, usually as slaves. All of these encounters, some brutal and traumatic, others more
gradual, irreversibly changed the way in which peoples in the Americas led their lives.
||The African-American Mosaic:
African-American Culture and History This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic:
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular
publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American
||The American Treasures of the Library of Congress
The American Treasures Gallery closed in August 2007. The online exhibition will remain a permanent fixture
of the Library's Website.
||Ancient Manuscripts: From the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu
Timbuktu, Mali, is the legendary city founded as a commercial center in West Africa nine hundred years ago.
Dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the ancient manuscripts presented in this exhibition cover every
aspect of human endeavor and are indicative of the high level of civilization attained by West Africans
during the Middle Ages.
||The Atlantic World: America
and the Netherlands explores the history of the Dutch presence in America and the interactions
between the United States and the Netherlands from Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to the post-World-War-II
period. The project is the product of cooperation between the Library of Congress and the National
Library of the Netherlands.
||Earth as Art: a Landsat Perspective
A series of Landsat satellites have imaged the Earth's surface for nearly thirty years, providing
data for applications in business, science, education, government, and national security. The Landsat
satellite currently in orbit is Landsat 7. The U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation
Systems (EROS) Data Center in South Dakota is the primary receiving station for Landsat 7 data, and
it distributes these data to researchers around the world.
||France in America Conceived in partnership
with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en
Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the
history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the
end of the 19th century.
||John Bull & Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of
British-American Relations A joint project of the Library of Congress and The British Library,
the John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition brings together for the first time treasures from the two
greatest libraries in the English-speaking world in an exploration of selected time periods and
cultural movements that provide unique insights into the relationship of the United States and
||Language of the Land: Journeys into Literary AmericaM
From Robert Frost's New England farms to John Steinbeck's California valley to Eudora Welty's Mississippi
Delta, authors have described the American landscape to evoke a strong sense of place. They have peopled
our land with memorable characters and woven into their works the regional traits of a dynamic culture.
Using the metaphor of a journey, Language of the Land: Journey into Literary America examines the following
literary heritage though maps, photographs, and the works of American authors from a variety of periods.
||Los Angeles Mapped The Library of Congress/Ira
Gershwin Gallery presents historical maps of Los Angeles from the collections of the Library of
Congress Geography and Map Division. These diverse works of craftsmanship, precision, and imagination
provide a guide to some of the most remarkable stories of the city's history: its discovery, its growth,
and its industries, as seen by explorers, engineers, artists, residents, and boosters.
|| Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
features 32 manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye
of Boujbeha, both in Timbuktu, Mali. The manuscripts presented online are displayed in their entirety and
are an exemplary grouping that showcase the wide variety of subjects covered by the written traditions of
Timbuktu, Mali, and West Africa.
[Timbuktu in Space and Time - Maps
||Meeting of Frontiers (Russia and
the United States) is a bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story
of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of
Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the
||The Portuguese in America The Portuguese were
the leading European explorers in the fifteenth century and it was through the efforts of Portuguese-born
and sponsored men that many parts of the world, including the coast of present-day California, were
discovered and mapped. They began settling in the United States several centuries later, although there
were isolated Portuguese Jewish communities here beginning in the seventeenth century and in the Sandwich
Islands, now Hawaii, in the eighteenth.
||Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
This exhibition demonstrates that many of the colonies that in 1776 became the United States of America
were settled by men and women of deep religious convictions who in the seventeenth century crossed the
Atlantic Ocean to practice their faith freely.
||Rivers, Edens & Empires: Lewis & Clark
and the Revealing of America On April 7, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Fort Mandan
for points west, beginning the process of "filling in the canvas" of America. This exhibition features
the Library's rich collections of exploration material documenting the quest to connect the East and
the West by means of a waterway passage.
||Spain, the United States, &
The American Frontier: Historias Paralelas is a bilingual, multi-format English-Spanish digital
library site that explores the interactions between Spain and the United States in America from the
fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. A cooperative effort between the National Library of
Spain, the Biblioteca Colombina y Capitular of Seville and the Library of Congress.
||Temple of Liberty: Building the Capitol
for a New Nation George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were determined that the United States Capitol
be a meaningful expression of America's new political and social order. The Constitution, ratified in
1788, had given the country its governing structure; the Capitol, begun three years later, was still
incomplete when Congress first met there in November 1800. Construction of the original building took
thirty-four years and was directed by six presidents and six architects. Opinions among statesmen and
designers differed as to how to achieve a symbolically potent yet functionally efficient building within
a Neoclassical framework. Conceiving of themselves as inheritors, guardians, and conveyors of Western
civilization, they slowly built a Capitol that drew upon both American and European emblematic and
||Thomas Jefferson This exhibition focuses on the
extraordinary legacy of Thomas Jefferson--founding father, farmer, architect, inventor, slaveholder, book
collector, scholar, diplomat, and the third president of the United States.
||Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the
Library of Congress Over the past year and in almost every section of the Library of Congress,
staff have sought and received an abundance of original material including prints, photographs, drawings,
poems, eye-witness accounts and personal reactions, headlines, books, magazines, songs, maps, videotapes
||The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale Since its
publication in September 1900, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has become America's greatest
and best-loved homegrown fairytale. The first totally American fantasy for children, it is one of the
most-read children's books.
||The World Treasures of the Library of Congress:
Beginnings The international collections of the Library of Congress started with the arrival of
the Thomas Jefferson library in 1815. Today the Library's international collections are unparalleled;
they are comprehensive in scope and include research materials in more than 460 languages and in many media.