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Library of Congress Geography & Maps: An Illustrated Guide

3D Objects and Geospatial Data

Impossible to map the world–we select and make graphics so that we can understand it.

From his personal papers, 1981

Maps made places on the edges of the imagination seem graspable and placable.

By the Sea, 2001

Relief model map of Utah Beach in Normandy, France. Shows tide lines, slope of the beach, buildings beyond the beach, and the location of hedgehogs (an anti-landing craft system).
United States Navy and Charles Lee Burwell. [Map of Utah Beach, Normandy, France]. 1944. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

Maps come in many forms, and cartographic information can be represented in a variety of ways. The following pages include descriptions of the division's collections in the following formats: