Caroline Batchelor Collection
Caroline Batchelor started collecting maps in 1967, and bought her first map of Africa in 1970. Over the course of the next 30 odd years, she became well-versed in the cartography of Africa. She got involved professionally by being an active member of the International Map Collectors Society (IMCoS) of which she was secretary for 8 years.
In 2010, Stanford bought her collection of the Maps of Africa. The collection boasts 294 maps focusing on the 18th and 19th century, a time that was marked by exploration and imperialism.... MORE
The William and Yvonne Jacobson Digital Africana Program at University of Cape Town (UCT)
Stanford and the University of Cape Town, South Africa are working together to extend the scope and reach of both of their collections. In a collaboration that started in 2009, the libraries agreed to share imagery providing access to scholars on both continents. UCT has over 100 maps online for viewing through their Digital Collections Site and funded by The William and Yvonne Jacobson Digital Africana Program at UCT. Included are African historical maps and Cape Town Street Plans. This collaboration will grow and strengthen over the years to come as more content becomes available digitally.
Dr. Oscar I. Norwich Collection
Dr. Oscar I. Norwich’s collection of African maps has been described as one of the finest private collections of African maps in the world. His collection consists of 316 maps from 15th to the early 20th Centuries, which he collected over 40 years. Dr. Norwich wrote a superb reference book on these maps titled … MORE
Stanford University’s African Map Collection
Stanford holds a variety of maps of Africa both in Special Collections and at the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections. The maps held in Special Collections have been scanned and are part of the Maps of Africa Image Gallery. Branner’s maps are primarily newer and available to view and check out from the library.
The Barry L. Ruderman Map Collection
Barry Ruderman is a prominent map dealer in La Jolla, California. All maps passing through his hands are scanned and the images sent to Stanford on a regular basis for use and long-term preservation. The maps of Africa in the collection now number over 300 and will continue to grow over time, allowing scholars access to materials that might otherwise be unseen as it passes between private hands.
David Rumsey Map Collection
The David Rumsey Map Collection, which Stanford will receive in its entirety has at least 1300 items related to Africa, including historical maps. All of these items are available at davidrumsey.com Currently over 400 of these items are available at the Stanford Image Gallery.