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Maps & Geography at Wellesley

Ortelius World Map "Typvs Orbis Terrarvm" 1570.

Mapping Revolutionary Boston

GIS Day @ Wellesley

Academic Departments & Programs

  • Environmental Studies
  • Geosciences
  • Biological Sciences

Mapping Tools

Key Web Sites



If you'd like assistance doing research using maps and geographic data, please contact either Carolin Ferwerda, Meghan Gamsby, or Megan Brooks (see right sidebar). This guide is a work in progress and we welcome suggestions for improvement and additions.


Find Maps at Wellesley

To find maps and atlases in the library's physical and digital collections, search in the library catalog using your desired place name and the word "maps.


To find maps by type of map, search by map type and the word "maps."


    Map Images Online

    GIS Data Sets

    • GIS Data @ Wellesley
      GIS data from the Town of Wellesley, ESRI, and other sources is stored on the NTM server in the GIS folder. Visit the link for instructions on accessing ntm on campus.
    • MassGIS
      GIS data for Massachusetts
    • Scholars' Lab
      (formerly Geostat) - Geospatial & Statistical Data Center - U. of Virginia
      U.S. maps & data
    • Geography Network
      (managed by ESRI) - global network of geographic information users and providers
    • Libre Map Project
    • NHGIS
      Historical U.S. census data and boundary files from 1790 to 2000.
    • School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS)
      Free, aggregate census data and GIS files for school attendance areas for selected areas in the US for the 2009-2010 school year.
    • U.S. Congressional District Shapefiles
      Digital boundary definitions for every U.S. Congressional District in use between 1789 and 2012.
    • Worldpop
      Population datasets (format: GeoTiff) for Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South & Central America
    • Beijing City Lab
      micro-data and maps Beijing and/or all of China, mostly mined from OpenStreetMap
    • Quantarctica
      A collection of Antarctic geographical datasets, including geography, glaciology and geophysics data, and will expand with contributions from the research community.

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