Project

Title
Railroad Maps, 1828-1920  
Geographic Area
North America  
Organization
Library of Congress  

Descriptive Information

Url
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/rrhtml/rrhome.html  
Status
Planning  
Publisher
Various  
Metadata Compiled
Yes  
Metadata Format
MARC  
Num Items
623  
Scale
varies  
Years
1828 - 1920
Description
The maps presented here are a selection from the Geography and Map Division holdings, based on the popular cartobibliography, Railroad Maps of the United States: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Original 19th-century Maps in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, compiled by Andrew M. Modelski (Washington: Library of Congress, 1975). This annotated list reveals the scope of the railroad map collection and highlights the development of railroad mapping in 19th-century America. Described are 623 maps chosen from more than 3,000 railroad maps and about 2,000 regional, state, and county maps, and other maps which show "internal improvements" of the past century. The maps selected represent a profile of the development of cartographic style and technique and are not intended to inventory all maps in the division which show railroads. The list does reflect, however, the important achievements of early railroaders in reaching their ultimate goal of providing a transportation network spanning the country and linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The list includes only separate printed and manuscript maps preserved in the Geography and Map Division. Excluded are photocopies, facsimiles, atlases, and maps which are included in annual railroad company reports or which illustrate volumes classed elsewhere in the Library of Congress.  

Technical Information

Download Available
Yes  
File Format (Original Scan)
TIFF  
File Format (Display)
JPEG2000  
Resolution
300 ppi  
Compression Ratio
20:1  
Image Management Software
 
Geo Referenced
Yes  
Rectified
Yes  
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Contact Information

Organization
Library of Congress  
Name
Colleen R. Cahill  
E-Mail
ccah@loc.gov  
Phone
202-707-8540