The Library’s Geography and Map Division has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world, with collections numbering over 5 million maps, 72,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, more than 500 globes and globe gores (designed to be cut out and pasted onto a sphere) and numerous plastic-relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats, including electronic.
The Library’s exhibition, “Maps in Our Lives,” recognizes the 30-year partnership between the Geography and Map Division and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the nation's primary professional organization dedicated to surveying and mapping activities. It explores four constituent professions represented by the ACSM—surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems (GIS)—and draws on both the Library's historic map collections and the ACSM collection in the Library of Congress.
A. “Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations,” by Vincent Virga. 2007. Little, Brown in association with the Library of Congress. Reproduction Information: Not available for reproduction.
B. “Universalis cosmographia secunda Ptholemei traditionem et Americi Vespucci aliorum que lustrations” by Martin Waldseemüller. 1507. Geography and Map Division. Reproduction Information: Reproduction information not available.