Map Collection of the Herder Institute

The Map Collection offers approximately 47,000 topographic and thematic maps from the 16th to the 21st centuries as well as 9,300 vertical aerial photographs taken between 1942 and 1945 as reference holdings. The geographical focus lies on the areas of today's states of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, whilst adjoining regions are also covered in order to guarantee content coherence.

Most of the holdings may already be searched online. If you need further advice or reproductions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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The current largest research project of the Map Collection is the Historical-Topographical Atlas of Silesian Towns. It focuses on the vivid depiction of the settlement development of selected towns in the historical region of Silesia from the 19th to the 21st century in the form of atlas volumes as well as an interactive web application.

» Historical-Topographical Atlas of Silesian Towns


Selected Publications about the Map Collection and its Holdings:

  • Heidi Hein-Kircher, Marc Friede, Jan Lipinsky und Thomas Urban: Zur Integration von Quellen, Materialien und Literatur in einem historischen Fachportal. Ausgewählte Online-Angebote des Herder-Instituts, in: Digitale Quellensammlungen. Erstellung – Archivierung – Präsentation – Nutzung, hg. von Jörg Meier u.a., Berlin 2013, S. 131–152 (Beiträge zur Editionsphilologie; 4).
  • Wolfgang Kreft: Schlesische Städte im Spiegel topographischer Karten. Ein multimediales Atlasprojekt zur Siedlungsentwicklung vom 19. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert, in: Śląska Republika Uczonych. Schlesische Gelehrtenrepublik. Slezská vědecká obac, hg. von Marek Hałub u.a., Wrocław 2010, S. 419–434.
  • Wolfgang Kreft: Görlitz im Spiegel topografischer Karten des 19./20. Jahrhunderts. Ein multimediales Atlasprojekt zur Entwicklung schlesischer Städte am Herder-Institut Marburg, in: Heimat und Fremde. Migration und Stadtentwicklung in Görlitz und Zgorzelec seit 1933, hg. von Martina Pitsch, Görlitz 2010, S. 157–161.

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Historical-Topographical Atlas of Silesian Towns, Volume 1-5
Historical-Topographical Atlas of Silesian Towns, Volume 1-5