Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, circa 1631-1973
EEPA.1991-001

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1991-001
Dates:
circa 1631-1973
Languages:
Multiple languages
Physical Description:
79 maps
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
The Historic Maps of Africa collection includes 79 maps and dates from circa 1631 to 1973. Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Historic Maps of Africa collection consists of 79 maps, dating from circa 1631 to 1973, with the bulk created in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The maps vary in size, ranging from the smallest at 7 x 7 (7/8) inches to the largest at 40 x 30 (5/8) inches.
Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.
The majority of the maps in the collection feature color illustrations. Titles and descriptions of the maps are in several languages (Dutch, English, French, German, and others), representing the different colonial powers in control at the time. Particular maps of interest include an 1830 colored map in English titled "Africa from the Best Authorities," which illustrates the entire African continent, various ethnic groups, and the inroads made by European colonial powers; and a 1656 topographic map in French depicting the west-central coast of Africa, specifically the mountains and rivers of the region.
Digital copies of the maps are available.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Administration
Processing Information note
The collection was rehoused and photographed in 2010. Map dimensions are measured height x width.
Processed by Gabriella Bellegarde and Eden Orelove, December 2016
Author
Finding aid prepared by Gabriella Bellegarde and Eden Orelove
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The maps were transferred from the Robbins Center, 530 6th Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003, and the Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art in 1991 and 2010.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Historic Maps of Africa collection, EEPA 1991-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access note
Access by appointment only. Email: elisofonarchives@si.edu.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. For information on photo services and research appointments, please contact Archives staff at: elisofonarchives@si.edu.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
The collection is made up of two accessions, EEPA 1991-001 and EEPA 2010-011. The maps were transferred from both the Robbins Center and the Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, East--views Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, North Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, Southern Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, West--views Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa--Civilization Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa--Colonization Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa--Discovery and exploration Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa--Maps Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kalabar (Nigeria) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 708
Washington, DC, 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-4690
elisofonarchives@si.edu