Overview

To Access Serial Set Maps

Additional Information and Research Strategies

Map Viewer

Overview

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.

To Access Serial Set Maps

Use these search forms:

Use these search criteria:

  • Keyword

  • Title

  • Map area/subject

  • Map relief method

  • Names on map

Serial Set maps availability:

  • Basic subscription does not include access to the U.S. Serial Set Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps

  • U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection includes access to the full U.S. Serial Set Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps.

  • The high resolution maps module (2007) of the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection will allow access to color and high resolution versions of the maps indexed in the U.S. Serial Set Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps.

 

 

Additional Information and Research Strategies

There are two separate ways to access the maps in the Serial Set:

  1. 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:

  2. 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.