The Cartographic Information Center,
the Department of Geography and Anthropology of Louisiana
University, specializes in collecting maps representing
in particular Mexico. More than 3,116 maps of Mexico have
collected and classified, forming a collection which may
boast of both
currency and completeness. The primary virtue of the
in its extensive series holdings. 1:50 000 topographic
Mexico, created and released by the Mexican government,
near-complete coverage of the country in close detail.
offers information on transportation, settlements, place
physical land features, in addition to topology. Larger
scales, such as
1:100 000, 1:250 000, 1:500 000, are also available
through map series'
offering broad coverage of Mexico and its states.
Information related to the land and
Mexico may be gleaned from the various forms and types of
collected. The physical features, characteristics, and use
of the land
are ascertainable from agricultural, ecological, geologic,
topographic maps. Economic, linguistic, population, and
maps describe the cultural aspects of the people. The
extends also to include satellite images, aerial
photographs, and base
maps of Mexico.
The collection is one devoted primarily to
currency: 78 percent of the 3116 maps, and all LANDSAT
been published since 1980. Information preceding this is
through aerial photographs, maps, and Rare-Historic
materials. The R.C.
West collection of aerial photographs stretches through
1950s and 1960s. About 400 maps date from these decades.
maps are designated as those published in the 1930s and
collection houses 146 `rare` pieces, published in Mexico,
France, and the U.S.
Summary by Kimberly