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Russia and its Empire in Eurasia: Cartographic Resources in the Library of Congress


Kartogr. zav. I︠U︡.I︠U︡. Gash. Rossīi︠a︡--XVIĭ i XVIIĭ vi︠e︡k : sti︠e︡nnai︠a︡ karta dli︠a︡ klassnago upotreblenīi︠a︡, prisposoblennai︠a︡ k uchebniku russkoĭ istorīi dli︠a︡ sredneĭ shkoly prof. S.Ḟ. Platonova. 1913. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

The division holds maps and atlases depicting the history of Russia from antiquity to the present day. Patrons should keep in mind that most cartographic materials pertaining to Russian history are from the twentieth century, but coverage is retrospective. The wall map at right, by way of example, was prepared by eminent Russian historian, S. F. Platonov, as an instructional device for a middle school audience to illustrate the Russian Empire's territorial expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries.

All of the atlases and many of the maps are cataloged, and therefore are searchable on the Library of Congress online catalog. Search strategies depend on the period, locale, and/or topic of interest. For example, patrons seeking to identify historical maps of Russia in general can use the term "Russia Federation History maps" or "Russia Historical geography maps." Narrower search terms will yield more limited results. Examples for searching by period could include "Russia History Period of Consolidation, 1462-1605 maps," or "Russia History 1613-1689 Maps." Examples of searches emphasizing historical subjects and locales could be "Former Soviet republics maps," or "Communism Soviet Union maps" or "Bashkortostan Russia history," or "Siberia Russia History maps," and so forth. Uncataloged maps depicting Russian history are described below.

Single Maps

There are nineteen uncataloged maps illustrating the history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. All were published in the twentieth century, but depict various periods of Russian history. Coverage ranges in date from approximately 1300 to 1937. The materials are arranged chronologically by publication date. The one described below serves as an example.

The division holds roughly 105 maps in seven drawers illustrating the history of European Russia.  Most were published in the twentieth century by the GUGK. Historical coverage ranges in date from antiquity in Russia up to 1942. The materials are arranged chronologically by publication date.

There is one uncataloged map illustrating the history of Estonia published in 1905; and four uncataloged maps illustrating the history of Lithuania published in the period 1919-1921.

There is one uncataloged modern map depicting the history of Armenia dated1968, and another depicting Georgia's history during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

There are three relatively modern uncataloged maps covering Ukraine's history from antiquity to 1653.