Inside the New York Public Library: The Maps Collection

"Maps show us something that often times is gone... they relate us to a long arch of history, sometimes at a very specific level, so they place us both in space, and in time." - Matthew Knutzen

The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division is one of the world’s premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and intensity of use. Established in 1898, our holdings include more than 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 15th and 21st centuries. The collections range from the global to the local scale and support the learning and research needs of a wide variety of users.

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