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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, fully searchable content from a broad range of primary sources. Selected with the guidance of an international team of expert advisors, these primary sources are invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines and areas of study, providing never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods. Archives published in the program include works in Western as well as non-Western languages, and are sourced from rare collections at libraries and other venerable institutions from around the globe.

With a series of fully searchable historical maps at its core, Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Mapping The World: Maps And Travel Literature provides geographical images from the areas spanning the globe. The 19th century encompassed tremendous growth in maps and mapmaking as the field of cartography gained visibility and professional standards. Mapping of the world during this time period was driven by massive industrialization and exploration. As people ventured further from traditional population centers, tourism created a new market for reliable maps. Likewise, as colonialism was prominent during this period, many maps of the time reflect the colonial ambitions of the day. These same maps also offered perspective to a fledgling new literary genre: the travel diary.

Detailed Overview

Spotlighting a distinguished array of historical atlases, gazetteers, travel narratives, and a variety of maps, the Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature archive presents unique insight into the age of cartography and the rise of leisure travel. The materials focus on travel and exploration during the nineteenth century, including myriad sketch maps created during colonial exploration and expansion.Maps, historic atlases, and gazetteers offer unique city, town, and country information first used by the nineteenth century traveler, providing a window into the Age of Imperialism and the burgeoning middle classes. Featuring a multitude of both European and non-European travel narratives, the collection offers a glimpse not only of the lands and peoples these travelers encountered, but also valuable insight into how the Industrial Revolution changed people’s experiences in their ever-shrinking world.Key benefits include:• Supports studies on the evolution of travel and transportation• Includes cartographic materials representing Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Polar Regions• Spans multiple disciplines, providing insight into societal values, interests, Colonialism, and explorationSample items include:• Maps, charts, and travel narrative manuscripts from the British Library’s India Office Records• Admiralty Charts• European, Asian, and African rail/canal routes• Product, trade, and mineral resource maps• The U.K. National Archives War Office• The British Library’s Ministry of Defense Maps and Charts• Historic gazetteers and nineteenth century handbooks for travelers

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Only Gale Digital Collections offers the depth and breadth of historic content that scholarly researchers demand. Spanning continents and centuries, GDC delivers thousands of rare primary sources, archival newspapers and periodicals, commentaries, images, manuscripts and much more.

Reviews & Testimonials

"The scope of this digitization project makes it a significant research resource for both scholars and undergraduates. There are several benefits to this scope: the sheer size of the collections; the geographic range including comparative materials from various cultures; and the variety of types of documents including a significant amount of unpublished material...The new platform tools developed for NCCO are impressive and should be useful to scholars as well as students. These include the browse features for "Exploring Collections," the search within results features, text analysis tools, and sophisticated image viewing tools."

— eDesiderata, Center for Research Libraries


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