To Access Serial Set Maps
Additional Information and Research Strategies
The maps contained within the U.S. Serial Set represent one of the greatest single collections of cartographic materials of the United States. From the exploration of the American West to the Parisian defenses during the Crimean War, the Serial Set carto-bibliographic records allow unprecedented access to the 52,000+ maps of the Serial Set.
Searchable segments include title, geographic subject, map relief method, and names on map. Search results bring up carto-bibliographic entries with map title, notation of content, date, and the Serial Set Map ID number. The full carto-bibliographic view shows the entire record, below which is an abbreviated record of the publication in which the map occurs. The link at the bottom of the full document record accesses the PDF version of the publication in which the map occurs. Users can navigate to the specific map by using PDF bookmarks.
Use these search forms:
Use these search criteria:
Serial Set maps availability:
There are two separate ways to access the maps in the Serial Set:
Check Serial Set Maps on the Advanced form, leaving the drop-down option at the “All fields except full text” default to search the following segments from the U.S. Serial Set Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps:
Map Title—Includes the title as it appears on the map. If no title is available, a bracketed title is supplied using the graphic contents of the map or information from the publication in which the map is located.
Map Content Notation—Includes notes on content, structure, and context of the map. This segment might explain graphic features or legends on the map or other important elements, such as whether or not the map is in color, if the map was indexed from the departmental edition, whether the title supplied was editorially created from the graphic contents of the map, or any number of other miscellaneous notes.
Names on Map—Includes all non-title information related to the original creation and printing of the map. Includes information on: printing companies; government agencies and offices; and individual engineers, surveyors, cartographers, geologists, lithographers, and engravers.
Relief—Includes the following types of map relief: bathymetry, contours, form lines, gradient tints, hachures, isolines, pictorial, shading, soundings, and spot heights.
Map ID—Composed of Serial Set or American State Papers volume number, publication series, publication number, and order of map within that publication. For example, 6841 H.doc.1717, map 2 indicates that this is the second map in House Document 1717 in Serial Set volume 6841.
Map Area/Subject—The Midwest Mapping Project and the resultant Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900 (1981) provided the initial vocabulary for the geographic indexing used by the Carto-Bibliography of Maps to categorize the maps in the Serial Set. Library of Congress subject headings were also consulted, but the bulk of the extremely detailed indexing was based on the content of the map itself. Future enhancements to the map indexing will include modifying, rationalizing, and harmonizing the detailed geographic indexing and, more importantly, providing a hierarchy for the final terminology. For specific term lookup, use the Serial Set Map Terms accessible from the Index Terms look-up tool.
Serial Set ID—Composed of Serial Set volume, publication series, and publication number of the document in which the map occurs.
Document Title—Includes the title of the publication in which the map occurs.
Check “Serial Set only” (and not “Serial Set Maps”) to search the map captions in the main bibliographic record for the publication in which the map occurs. The map captions are a component of the illustration caption data. To limit the search to items with illustrations, use the checkbox provided as a Serial Set Only Option. To limit the search to illustration captions only, select “Illustration caption (Serial Set only)” from the search box drop-down list. Maps may be accessed in this way even though the user has not checked the Serial Set Maps option.