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Serbia and the Serbian Collections in the Library of Congress

Geography and Maps

Jovan Cvijić. Ethnographic map of the Balkan Peninsula. 1918. Library of Congress Geography and Map Reading Room.

Serbia is well represented in the Geography & Map Reading Room, which has hundreds of single and set maps, as well as atlases, showing Serbia or former Yugoslavia. Many maps of Serbia are individually cataloged and can be identified using the Library of Congress online catalog. In addition, a significant number of maps of Serbia from 1717 through 1970 are discoverable with collection level records such as the one below. Serbia also is depicted in single maps showing the Balkan Peninsula, of which there are over four hundred in the Geography & Map collection, half of which are cataloged individually and the other half cataloged at the collection level. Maps depicting Yugoslavia or maps filed under Turkey in Europe may also be relevant to the study of Serbia during various periods of its history. All of the maps are available in the Geography and Map Reading Room and you will need to ask for assistance to view them.

Interesting examples include several road atlases, an atlas showing Slovak culture in Yugoslavia, tourist maps, a rare German map from 1831 portraying the Battle of Belgrade during the Austro-Turkish War of 1716-1718, a map depicting the World War II Battle of Belgrade on October 1944 by Tomo Čubalić and Zvonimir Dugački, another map by Čubalić identifying Serbian military positions in 1915, and maps from the 1990s produced by the Central Intelligence Agency related to the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. Also from the World War II era is an OSS map dated September 24, 1942, illustrating the Yugoslav military and political situation and the zones of occupation by various forces such as the Chetniks, Partisans, Slovenian Patriot Army, and others.

A number of rare maps in the collections depict Serbia. Possibly the oldest relevant item is Martin Waldseemüller's 1516 Carta marina. Plate Two of this map shows the Balkans and identifies Servia and several Serbian cities such as - Belgrado, Crusenaiz (Kruševac), Sirma (Sremska Mitrovica), and Galabaz (Golubac). In addition, Zevia and Belgrado are shown on a Ptolemaic map of the Balkan Peninsula, from the 1541 Vienna edition of Tabula noua Graeciae, Sclauoniae, et Bulgariae. Geographia [New Map of the Greeks, Slavs, and Bulgarians. Geography]. From 1788 is the striking map Karte der Königreiche Bosnien, Serbien, Kroatien und Slavonien by the 18th century Austrian cartographer Carl Schütz depicting Serbia as a region under Turkish control.

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About the Geography and Map Division

The Geography and Map Division (G&M) has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5.5 million maps, 100,000 atlases, 8,000 reference works, over 5000 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, over 130,000 microfiche/film, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats.