Posts Tagged ‘maps’

SepiaTown = Historical Photos + Architecture

Friday, July 29th, 2011

This website allows registered users to upload scanned historical images of architecture and map them. Visitors see thumbnails of the images on a map. You can click on the thumbnail to bring up a full image with information and then click on that image to get a larger one, which is big enough to use in PowerPoint. Note that, on the page with the smaller full image, there is a box towards the bottom with a permalink. This is good to note in the image title, PowerPoint notes, or elsewhere so that you have a record of the image source.

It is helpful to visit the “How to Use SepiaTown” page before delving in too far since there are some interesting features that may not be initially obvious. Two examples are the figure on the map that shows the location of the photographer and direction of view and the “Then/Now” button that shows a contemporary street view from the same perspective. Images for many cities from around the world have already been uploaded.

Autumn 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Since late September, Visual Services staff have added nearly 1700 images to soaMDID. Among these images are:

  • over 180 images of paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn, Freud, and Kitaj
  • more than 110 images of paintings by Hudson River School artists, Rackstraw Downes, and Giambattista Piazzetta
  • 290 images of figure drawings by a variety of artists: Balthus, Durer, Kollwitz, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rodin, and Rubens
  • more than 300 images of American architecture
  • over 110 images of spirit photography
  • 83 art historical maps

Stop by the Image Library (room 120) if you need help finding these images in soaMDID, or email

David Rumsey Map Collection

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The David Rumsey Map Collection is one of the premier collections of maps available online even though only a portion of this private collection has been digitized. You can access images in a variety of ways including Google Earth and Google Maps. However, if you are looking for images to download for teaching, launching the collection in the LUNA Browser is the best way to go. Tips for using the LUNA Browser are also provided. After finding an image you want, you can click on a thumbnail to bring up a larger image. Use the export button above the image to choose the size you want (small or medium will work well for PowerPoint). If you download the largest image size, you should be able to create your own details in any basic image editing software. To save groups of maps for future reference, you can create an account.

Islamic Heritage Project

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The Islamic Heritage Project, from Harvard University, provides a wealth of high quality images created from Islamic manuscripts and maps of the Islamic world. One can browse by a variety of topics or by country. The manuscripts are from China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakiston, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Serbia/Montenegro. The maps cover a similar range of geography.

Historic Maps

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Happy New Year! Today I learned about an Israeli website that provides a wealth of historic map images. Historic Cities has maps of major cities from around Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Most of the map images are available in low resolution (about right for PowerPoint) and high resolution (some are nearly 3000 pixels on the long side). For some of the cities, links to maps on other sites have also been provided.

Historical Maps and Google Maps

Friday, August 7th, 2009

The Scout Report from July 31st had an entry on the historical maps from the David Rumsey Collection that have been added to Google Maps. These are 18th and 19th century maps from around the world that have been scanned at very high resolution and overlaid onto the equivalent Google map. One can zoom in and/or adjust the transparency of the maps to compare the satellite based modern maps with the older cartography. These cannot be downloaded, but they would still be quite useful in the classroom.

Interactive Nolli Map of Rome

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Today’s edition of The Scout Report has an entry on the interactive version of the Nolli Map of Rome that has been put on the web by the University of Oregon. The map engine is flash-based, which means it is not possible to right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) to save a portion. However, on a Mac, it is possible to press command (apple)-shift-4 then use the cross-hairs to outline the image you want to capture. This creates a png file on your desktop, which can be used in PowerPoint. The file will have to be converted to a jpg to be imported into a soaMDID personal collection. Here is an example of what one of these screenshots looks like.