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Bird's eye view of Boston. [Compliments of] Beach & Clarridge Co. of Boston.
Bird's eye view of Boston. [Compliments of] Beach & Clarridge Co. of Boston.
Boston, Geo. H. Walker & Co., c1902.
Geography & Map Division.
Call Number:
G3764.B6A35 1902 .W3

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 Massachusetts are provided for each collection listed below. Search on terms such as Massachusetts, Boston, and so forth to locate additional information 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 67 maps of Massachusetts from this time period


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 digital collection includes more than 200 maps of Massachusetts.

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 more than 120 maps providing birds-eye views of cities in Massachusetts.

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 ten railroad maps from Massachusetts.

Motion Pictures

America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894 - 1915

Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures.

Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to have his career and life chronicled on a large scale by motion picture companies. This presentation features 104 films which record events in Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919.

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 nine items from Massachusetts.

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.

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