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African American Studies Research Guide: Atlases & Maps


These resources present information in graphic formats.

Maps in the MSU Libraries

Most individual maps and atlases are located in the Map Library on the 3rd floor of the west wing in the Main Library.

There are a number of methods for identifying what is available in our catalog:

  1. Choose Advanced Search.
  2. Enter an appropriate search term(s) such as Great Lakes or Michigan
  3. Select Material Type - Print Map
  4. Click Submit
  1. Choose Advanced Search.
  2. Enter an appropriate search term(s) such as Great Lakes
  3. Select Location - Map Library
  4. Click Submit 
  1. Choose Advanced Search.
  2. Enter an appropriate search term(s) such as Great Lakes
  3. Select note - map
  4. Click Submit

Need more information about what is available? Ask the Map Librarian

Atlases & Maps

Atlas of African-American History / James Ciment.  New York : Facts on File, c2001.  214 p.  Main Library E185 .C55 2001 : Text, maps, and illustrations introduce African cultures and trace African American history from the slave trade through the Civil War, emancipation, the early twentieth century, and the civil rights movement to the present.  Although well written, it is predominantly a chronological, narrative text and less a reference guide. One questions the designation "atlas." Although maps are numerous, they are less prevalent than other graphic illustrations. The narrative text is undocumented, leaving the questioning reader no recourse to the original, fuller treatments from which the author has extracted his summary assertions. A brief "selected bibliography" of current, mostly secondary sources is appended, along with a useful index. The 67 maps are well chosen and clear but often illustrate only the broadest sweep of black history.

Atlas of American Diversity / Larry Hajime Shinagawa, Michael Jang.  Walnut Creek, Calif. : AltaMira Press, c1998.  166pp.  Main Library and Map Library (3 West) Short Atlas Case E184.A1 S575 1998 : Covers African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Americans,  Native Americans, and Non-Hispanic Whites/European Americans.  Provides bibliographic references to other resources.

We the People : An Atlas of America's Ethnic Diversity / James Paul Allen, Eugene James TurnerNew York : Macmillan, c1988.  1 atlas (xii, 315 p.)  Map Library (3 West) Supersize Atlas Case G1201.E1 A4 1988 : Information on race, ethnicity, and populations in the 1980s.  Includes bibliography 

For additional works, search the MSU Library online catalog with the subject : African Americans -- history -- maps

Subject Guide

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Erik Ponder
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