The Africa Map Circle – Introduction & Digital Resource Directory

[This is an excerpt from an extended discussion about the role of Art, History, Art-History Librarianship and Museum Curatorship. For full conversation see: “Recovering A Looted Past ~ ‘Repatriating’ African History: Old Artifacts + Technology ~ New Communities + New Narratives in African History.”]Graphic-for-WP-Circle-Pg-wQ

Online Research & Teaching with Africa Maps:
Tips, Techniques, Examples & Resources
T. C. Weiskel

See related:

On the importance of the Mediterranean portolan charts as precursors to the development of printed maps of Africa see particularly:

See as well the online documents in support of specific online “Map Chats” of the Africa Africa Map Circle:

For a discussion of how these digital resources can be used for collaborative research and teaching of a wide range of topics in African studies see:

A substantial new trans-Atlantic contribution has been made through the creation in Britain of:

particularly for the maps relating to the Caribbean.

In addition see:

Library of Congress


The New York Public Library


Stanford Libraries:


University of Illinois


Northwestern University


Yale University – Digital CollectionsAfrica–Maps–Early works to 1800


Harvard Digital Collections


UT Library Online Perry-Castañeda Map Collection – Africa


Antique maps of Africa – Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.


Oxford – Bodleian Digitized Historical Maps of Africa




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See related Map Societies and Map Library organizations in the United States:

Most of the discussion of African historical cartography in the western world has been confined to comparative studies of maps drawn by different privately or publicly funded European cartographers.  The Africa Map Circle hopes to extend its scope to the consideration of other sources of African cartography as well including maps like this one,  about which, as yet, we know next to nothing.  As a group we depend upon participants who have the skills to interpret these documents to help us understand their meaning and significance.


The origin, cartographer, publisher, date of publication and significance of this map remain unknown to those who do not work in Arabic.  It is hoped that the evident limitations of current African historical cartography can be overcome by those with expertise in this realm contributing to the shared and cumulative discussions of the The Africa Map Circle.

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