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Bird's eye view of Cumberland, Maryland 1906. By Thaddeus M. Fowler.
Bird's eye view of Cumberland, Maryland 1906. By Thaddeus M. Fowler.
Morrisville, Pa., Fowler & Kelly, c1906.
Geography & Map Division.
Call Number:
G3844.C9A3 1906 .F6

Maps, Motion Pictures, and Sound Recordings

The Library's digital collections contains thousands of historical maps, motion pictures, and sound recordings. Selected items related to Maryland are provided for each collection listed below. Search on terms such as Maryland, Baltimore, Annapolis, and so forth to locate additional maps, sound recordings, and motion pictures within these digital collections.


The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789

The maps and charts in this collection number well over two thousand different items, with easily as many or more unnumbered duplicates, many with distinct colorations and annotations. The collection contains fifteen maps of Maryland from this time period.

Civil War Maps

Civil War Maps brings together materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia. The collection contains 148 maps of Maryland from the Civil War.

The Hotchkiss Map Collection

The collection contains cartographic items made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army. It includes twenty-seven maps of Maryland during the Civil War.


The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5.5 million maps, 80,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats, including over 19,000 cds/dvds. The online map collections represents only a small fraction that have been converted to digital form. The collection includes approximately three hundred maps of Maryland.

Panoramic Maps

The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. The collection includes fourteen maps providing birds-eye views of cities in Maryland.

Railroad Maps, 1828-1900

Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early railroaders. Included in the collection are seven railroad maps from Maryland.

The Rochambeau Map Collection

The collection contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. It includes three maps of Maryland.

Motion Pictures

Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

This collection features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles.

Sound Recordings

American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection

The collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches. The collection includes recordings from forty-three states, including fourteen items from Maryland.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. It includes ten interviews recorded in Maryland.

Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories

The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom.

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