Maps, Travel, & Empire

 

Age of Exploration (Adam Matthew, 2017)

Primary sources related to major expeditions from Columbus through Shackleton

 

British Library Images Online (2005- )

General database of images in BL’s collections, including thousands of maps

 

David Rumsey Map Collection (Cartography Associates, 1996- )

Rumsey’s collection of 85K+ 16c-21c maps from across the world, plus various search and comparison tools

 

East India Company (Adam Matthew, 2017)

900 vols. of BL’s collection of India Office Records, spanning 1595 to 1947

 

Empire Online (Adam Matthew, 2012)

Private and public documents, scanned largely from UK archives, detailing various nations’ colonial endeavors

 

Europe and Africa (Gale NCCO, 2012)

Digitized books, MSS, and news articles related to “Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest”

 

Europeana Maps and Geography (European Union, 2008)

Approx. 170K maps, globes, and charts from archives across Europe

 

Global Commodities (Adam Matthew, 2013)

Teaching and research resource organized around “15 key commodities that changed the world”

 

The Grand Tour (Adam Matthew, 2009)

Travel writings and art by Britons touring European art and culture sites between 1550 and 1850

 

Guides to the Lakes (Martin and Jean Norgate, 2016)

Extensive archive of Lake District maps, guidebooks, and travel narratives from 16c through 19c

 

Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology (Kim Blank, 2017- )

Innovative site offering timeline of Keats’s life, map of his London haunts, and gallery of Keatsiana

 

Mapping the Lakes: A Literary GIS (Lancaster U., 2011)

David Cooper and Ian Gregory’s GIS mapping of Lake District tours by Gray (1769) and Coleridge (1802)

 

Mapping the Republic of Letters (Stanford U., 2013- )

Interactive visualization tools for mapping networks of 18c/19c global intellectual exchange

 

Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature (Gale NCCO, 2015)

Primary source collection focused mainly on early 19c British cartography and travel narratives

 

Migration to New Worlds (Adam Matthew, 2016)

Archival docs related to immigration and resettlement to N. American and Australasia from 1800-1980

 

Nineteenth-Century UK Periodicals, Part II: Empire (Gale, 2012)

Complete runs of 91 British periodicals that emphasized colonial expansion and affairs

 

Romantic London (Matthew Sangster, 2015- )

Spatial history tool that plots sites from 9 Romantic-era books onto R. Horwood’s Plan of London

 

Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice (Adam Matthew, 2010)

Thematically organized database for teaching realities of slavery from Columbus through present day

 

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive (Gale, 2009)

Multi-part collection with 5M+ pages of legal docs, plantation records, news reports, pamphlets, etc.

 

Slavery Images (U. of Virginia, 2015)

Database of 1,280 depictions of slavery in the Americas gathered during multi-year collaborative project

 

SouthHem (Univ. Coll. Dublin, 2016- )

Resources on settler and indigenous writing in British-controlled Southern Hemisphere, 1780-1870

 

Travel Writing Catalogue (Sheffield Hallam U., 1998)

Early bibliographic search tool for the 994 Romantic-era travel books in the Corvey Collection
 

Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840 (Benjamin Colbert, 2014- )

Comprehensive bio-bibliographical database of known travel books by British and Irish women