Learn more about our collections through our online exhibitions, maps & mapmakers modules, and instructional materials! We've highlighted specific items from the collections, developed learning guidelines and activities for K-12 students and teachers, and provided historical and cultural context to a variety of maps and images. Get an inside look at these rare materials from anywhere you may be in the world. If you find something that intrigues you, contact us or visit the Bell Library to learn more or to see it/read it for yourself.
Historical Maps & Mapmakers
Visitors to earlier versions of our web site will find our Maps & Mapmakers pages on portolan charts, Ptolemy, and Martin Waldseemüller updated and re-imagined here. We have added new exhibitions and learning modules on some of our other historic maps, with more to come. You may view our entire map collection through our digital repository, UMedia Archive; we have some of our maps there already, with more to be added in the coming months.
- Early Atlases and How They Shaped the World
- Martin Waldseemüller & the Map that Named "America"
- Nagasaka Harbor, 1741: Navigating the Many Dimensions of A Map
- Olaus Magnus' 16th-Century Map of of Scandinavia
- Portolan Charts
- Ptolemy's World
Online Exhibitions & Instructional Materials
- Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery"
- Celebrating Venice: On Land and Sea
- "A Long, Troublesome, and Dangerous Passage" from England to India
- Trade and Commerce in 17th-Century England: Proclamations
- The Correct Way to Sail from Lisbon to Calicut
Student & Other Exhibits