Roselli Portolan ChartRoselli Portolan Chart Family in from out of town? Interested in maps? History? Plan a visit to the James Ford Bell Library. On your own or in a group, we’ll be delighted to show you some of our treasures – like the “Map that Named America,” or a hand-drawn sketch of the Rio Negro in South America by explorer/scientist Alexander von Humboldt—one of the most significant cartographic records from his 1799-1804 expedition. To schedule your visit in advance, please contact us at 612-624-1528 or And check out our General Information page for hours, directions, and other valuable information.

Children are welcome! It is never too early to develop an appreciation for these wonderful historical treasures. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing children between the ages of 1 and 6; we'll discuss with you the options for viewing materials.

Exhibits & Other Events At the Bell Library Elsewhere in the University of Minnesota Libraries Weisman Art Museum
Map of MexicoMap of Mexico

Map of kingdom and city of Mexico by Georg Braun, 1575.

Close-up of Waldseemuller globe goresClose-up of Waldseemuller globe gores