Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    West Philadelphia Institute.
    West Philada. Institute
    This lithograph from 1853 shows a view of the proposed building of the West Philadelphia Institute, a mechanics' institute. The building was erected in 1853 on Williams (i.e., North 39th) Street, north of Market Street in Philadelphia. Two men are pictured here in a bucolic setting; they walk up a path leading to the small Georgian- and Florentine-style two-story building, which has several windows....
    • Date: 1853
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Institute for Noble Girls. This view of the Institute for Noble Girls is from Souvenir of Kiev, an early 20th-century album showing the main sites of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and at that time one of the most important cities of the Russian Empire. The institute was founded in Kiev in 1838 as a boarding school for the daughters of impoverished nobles and later also admitted daughters...
    • Date: 1900
  • Map
    The Sigüenza Map.
    El Mapa de Sigüenza
    This map is a cartographic history of the migration of the Aztec from Aztlán to Tenochtitlan. Created in the pictographic style typical of the central Mexican and Puebla valleys during the Post-Classical period, it is the only map of its kind known to exist. It is thought to date from the 16th century. The map shows the path of the migration, along with the...
    • Date: 1500
  • Map
    Survey of India: Specimens of Map Drawing. The Survey of India was established in 1767 to assist the British East India Company in carrying out survey work and to map territory for the purposes of administration, taxation, and defense. By the end of the 19th century, the survey had succeeded in mapping most of British India. This volume, published in 1904 under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel F.B. Longe, Surveyor-General of...
    • Contributor: Longe, F.B. - Survey of India
    • Date: 1904
  • Book/Printed Material
    Klondike : the Chicago record's book for gold seekers. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began in earnest within 18 months of a major gold strike on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Canada. Tens of thousands of prospectors from around the world streamed north to Alaska and the Yukon in a feverish search for fortune. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers was rushed into print...
    • Date: 1897
  • Map
    A Map of Seoul in the Period of Joseon Dynasty. Suseon jeondo (Map of Seoul) is a wood-block print map of Seoul made by Kim Jeongho (1804--66), the leading geographer of the Joseon Dynasty in the 1840s. The word Suseon indicates Seoul, which was the capital and called Hanyang at that time, and jeondo means the complete map. An actual survey of the whole city by Kim Jeongho, the map shows major roads, facilities,...
    • Contributor: Kim, Jeongho
    • Date: 1840
  • Map
    Cholula, Tlaxcala, Mexico. This map from Cholula in the present-day state of Puebla, Mexico, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such topics...
    • Date: 1581
  • Map
    Map of Uganda Protectorate. This map of Uganda during the period of British colonial rule was published in 1935 by the Department of Surveys of the Uganda Protectorate. Shown are international, intercolonial, provincial, district, and county boundaries; roads of different capacities; bush paths; telegraph lines; railways; Protestant and Roman Catholic missions; ancient sites; and physical features. The latter include rivers, lakes, elevation above sea level, and "permanent watering...
    • Contributor: Mathews, D. O. - Uganda. Survey Department - Watts, B. T.
    • Date: 1935
  • Map
    Map of the Atlantic Ocean, 1601. This portolan map of the Atlantic Ocean, made by Guillaume Levasseur in 1601, reflects the high level of accuracy achieved by French mapmakers of the Norman school of hydrographers, who by this time had been charting the Atlantic for well over a century. The map is also a rich store of historic place-names. For Canada, it provides 28 place-names extracted from the writings of...
    • Contributor: Levasseur, Guillaume, 1643
    • Date: 1601
  • Book/Printed Material
    Eleven Commentaries to The Art of War by Sunzi. Sunzi bing fa (The art of war by Sunzi) is the most important and popular military classic of ancient China. Its influence also spread to neighboring countries and beyond. Sun Wu, also known as Sunzi or Sun Tzu, lived in the State of Qi during the late Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC). He served the State of Wu, in the southeast coastal area,...
    • Contributor: Sunzi, 544-496 Bce
    • Date: 1190
  • Map
    Map of the Atlantic Ocean, 1613. This 1613 map of the Atlantic Ocean and of parts of Europe, Africa, and North and South America was made in the French port city of Havre de Grace by Pierre de Vaulx, a cartographer and pilot in the French royal navy. Richly illuminated, the map is in the great tradition of Norman cartography that began in the previous century. The de Vaulx family,...
    • Contributor: Vaulx, Pierre De, Flourished 17th Century
    • Date: 1613
  • Map
    Muchitlan, Tlaxcala, Mexico. This map from Zumpango del Río in the present-day state of Guerrero, Mexico, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered...
    • Date: 1582
  • Map
    Tenochtitlán, 1521. This topographical map of Mexico City and its surroundings dates from around 1550, some three decades after the conquest of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán by Hernán Cortés in 1521. Tenochtitlán was founded in the 14th century on an island in the salt lake of Texcoco. Upon occupying the city, the Spanish pulled down its central parts and replaced the Aztec temples with buildings...
    • Date: 1550
  • Book/Printed Material
    The province of Burma; a report prepared on behalf of the University of Chicago, Alleyne Ireland (1871-1951) was a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London who, in 1901, was appointed by the University of Chicago to head a commission to study colonial administration in the Far East. Ireland's first major project, published in 1907, was this exhaustive, two-volume study of Burma, at the time under British rule as a province of the Indian Empire. Volume one...
    • Contributor: Ireland, Alleyne
    • Date: 1907
  • Map
    Ixcatlán, Santa María, Mexico. This map from Ixcatlán, Santa María, in the present-day state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered...
    • Date: 1579
  • Book/Printed Material
    Book on Navigation. Originally composed in 1525 and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I (the Magnificent), this great work by Piri Reis (died circa 1555) on navigation was later revised and expanded. Born in about 1470 in Gelibolu (Gallipoli), Piri Reis became an Ottoman admiral, geographer, and cartographer. The present manuscript, made mostly in the late 17th century, is based on the later expanded version and has some...
    • Contributor: Pirî Reis, 1554
    • Date: 1650
  • Map
    Cempoala, Mexico. This map from Zempoala in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such topics...
    • Date: 1580
  • Map
    Culhuacán, Mexico. This map from Culhuacán in the present-day Delegación de Ixtapalapa, Mexico City, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such...
    • Date: 1580
  • Map
    Map of the Lone Star Route.
    Map of the Lone Star Route: Showing Every City, Town, Village and Hamlet Throughout its Entire Length
    The National Highways Association (NHA) was established in 1911 to promote the development of an improved national road network in the United States. Under the slogan "Good roads for everyone!" the NHA advocated the building and permanent maintenance by the federal government of a system of 50,000 miles (some 80,500 kilometers) of highways. This map, issued by the NHA in 1922, shows the proposed...
    • Contributor: Mulford, John C. - National Highways Association - Lone Star Route Association
    • Date: 1922
  • Map
    Newest Map of Arabia.
    Neueste Karte Von Arabien
    This color map in German appeared as plate 80 in Grosser Hand-Atlas über alle Theile der Erde (Large portable atlas of all parts of the world), published by the Bibliographic Institute of Joseph Meyer (1796-1856). The map shows the Arabian Peninsula as well as neighboring parts of Africa, including Egypt, present-day Sudan, and Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia). Colored lines are used to demarcate kingdoms and...
    • Contributor: Meyer, Joseph - Radefeld, Carl Christian Franz
    • Date: 1845
  • Map
    West India Islands and the Approaches to the Panama Canal.
    West India Islands, & the Approaches to the Panama Canal
    This large folding map, issued by the London Geographical Institute during World War I, shows the islands of the Caribbean Sea and the approaches to the Panama Canal. The canal had opened to traffic in early 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the war. Protection of the canal against possible sabotage by Germany was a concern of U.S. military planners in World War I...
    • Contributor: London Geographical Institute
    • Date: 1915
  • Book/Printed Material
    Cairo. Sketches of Its History, Monuments, and Social Life.
    Cairo, sketches of its history, monuments, and social life
    Stanley Lane-Poole (1854--1931) was a British orientalist, archaeologist, and numismatist, whose career included work with the British Museum, archaeological research in Egypt, and teaching Arabic studies at Dublin University. He wrote 16 catalogs of Arabic and oriental coins, books on the history and cultural life of the Muslim world, and biographies of English dignitaries associated with the East. Lane-Poole also was the editor of...
    • Contributor: Fenn, Harry - Seymour, G. L. - Woodward, John Douglas - Lane-Poole, Stanley
    • Date: 1892
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Description of Egypt. Second Edition. Antiquities, Volume Four (Plates).
    Description de l'Egypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Antiquitiés
    When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, he brought with him an entourage of more than 160 scholars and scientists. Known as the French Commission on the Sciences and Arts of Egypt, these experts undertook an extensive survey of the country's archeology, topography, and natural history. A soldier who was part of the expedition found the famous Rosetta Stone, which the French linguist and...
    • Contributor: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French - Commission Des Sciences Et Arts D'egypte
    • Date: 1822
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Description of Egypt. Second Edition. Antiquities, Volume Three (Plates).
    Description de l'Egypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Antiquitiés
    When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, he brought with him an entourage of more than 160 scholars and scientists. Known as the French Commission on the Sciences and Arts of Egypt, these experts undertook an extensive survey of the country's archeology, topography, and natural history. A soldier who was part of the expedition found the famous Rosetta Stone, which the French linguist and...
    • Contributor: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French - Commission Des Sciences Et Arts D'egypte
    • Date: 1822
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Description of Egypt. Second Edition. Antiquities, Volume Five (Plates).
    Description de l'Egypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Antiquitiés
    When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, he brought with him an entourage of more than 160 scholars and scientists. Known as the French Commission on the Sciences and Arts of Egypt, these experts undertook an extensive survey of the country's archeology, topography, and natural history. A soldier who was part of the expedition found the famous Rosetta Stone, which the French linguist and...
    • Contributor: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French - Commission Des Sciences Et Arts D'egypte
    • Date: 1823