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A guide to library resources in North American and European history

Using the Catalog

Here are some strategies for finding images of virtually anything using the Library Catalog.

  • For a broad search, use the BEGINS WITH option, select subject from the drop box, and enter one of the following search terms:

    caricatures and cartoons

  • Use the subject "pictorial works" in an ADVANCED KEYWORD search, for example:

    children of immigrants -- america -- pictorial works
    argentina --19th century -- pictorial works
    latin america -- social conditions -- pictorial works

  • Using the BEGINS WITH option, select subject from the drop box, and enter the phrase "___in art," for example:

    slavery in art
    colonies in art

  • To find the collected works of a particular artist, search subject "catalogues raisonnes" AND the artist's last name as a keyword

Digital Images



Thematic Maps

The library holds many types of maps--topographic, military, railroad, urban, land use, ethnographic and linguistic--to name a few. Below are some sample searches, but this list is by no means comprehensive.

Chicago (Ill.) -- Zoning Maps
Military Geography--Atlas

Indians of North America -- Maps
United States--Guidebooks

City planning--[insert place]--Maps
[insert place]--Aerial views


Maps are found in many formats, from single sheets to aerial photographs and dynamically-generated tables.  Most of any big library’s maps are found in books and journal articles and are not cataloged separately. There is an index of maps in books and journals, but often it is not very complete.  Subject and author searches are the commonest way to locate maps in books and journals. For example:

Author:  Rand McNally & Company (commercial firm) 

Author: Geological Survey (U.S.)  (government agency)

Subject Specialist

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