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Map Department

Collection Details

Map Department held at Cambridge University Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Maps in the collection date from the 15th century to the present. The collection is world wide in scope and totals approx. 1,100,000 maps and 27,000 atlases and books. Of this total only a proportion are of parts of Asia.

The majority of items are in western languages though some maps are in the vernacular.

History and development

Maps are acquired by Legal Deposit, purchase and donation.

Strengths

The collections are strong in both antiquarian and modern maps. The collection in growing, continually added to, and is never weeded.

General arrangement and access regulations

The collection of maps, atlases, gazetteers and books on cartography is closed access. The card catalogue is arranged by area covered by the map - so maps of China are filed under 'C' ; maps of Beijing, under 'B', etc. There are also some personal and corporate name entries. Within the area headings the cards are subdivided by subject - general, geological, administrative, road maps, etc. Records for a small proportion of the atlas and book collection can be found online.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.

Subjects

Archaeology, Environmental sciences, Geography, History, Language, Travel.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Manuscripts, Maps (includes all types of cartographic material).

Total size of collection

See above

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has risen.

Annual intake

800 volumes, 12,000 maps of which a variable proportion would be of Asia

Content date range

1400 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

It is not possible to loan maps. Some atlases and books may be loaned if they conform to certain criteria.

Collection policy

A Collection Development Policy for the Map Department forms part of the Library Collection Development Policy

Retention policy

A Collection Development Policy for the Map Department forms part of the Library Collection Development Policy

Collection Catalogue Information

Catalogue

Access to the collection is primarily via a card catalogue located in the Map Room. The card catalogue is arranged by area covered by the map - so maps of China are filed under 'C'; maps of Beijing, under 'B', etc. There are also some personal and corporate name entries. Within the area headings the cards are subdivided by subject - general, geological, administrative, road maps, etc. Records for a small proportion of the atlas and book collection can be found online in 'Newton' the Library's online catalogue at http://newton.lib.cam.ac.uk:7703/

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