Maps and atlases

About 170,000 maps and atlases published after 1850 and approximately 6,000 older cartographic documents are part of Special Collections. These numbers make it one of the larger collection of analogue map material in the Netherlands. Maps and atlases of all areas in the world on several scale levels. The focus is on material of and about Dutch regions and the European countries surrounding the Netherlands. Five maps and atlases are masterpieces that are kept in The Treasury of Special Collections.

Two large private map collections stand out: the collection of Gerrit Moll [LINK](1785-1838) and the collection of Jan Ackersdijck [LINK] (1790-1861). Both men were professors at Utrecht University.

The founding of the then called Geographic Institute in 1908 was the go-ahead for an actively managed academic map collection. Much important map material was acquired in the early years of the Geographical Institute and used in education about the Dutch overseas expansion and voyages of discovery.

By the arrival of a large amount of soil maps and geological maps from the library of Geosciences in 2010 almost all Utrecht academic map collections are housed in Utrecht University Library.

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