The Cartographic Information Center, serving
the Department of Geography and Anthropology of Louisiana State
University, specializes in collecting maps representing Latin America,
in particular Mexico. More than 3,116 maps of Mexico have been
collected and classified, forming a collection which may boast of both
currency and completeness. The primary virtue of the collection resides
in its extensive series holdings. 1:50 000 topographic series of
Mexico, created and released by the Mexican government, offers
near-complete coverage of the country in close detail. This series
offers information on transportation, settlements, place names, and
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 people of
Mexico may be gleaned from the various forms and types of material
collected. The physical features, characteristics, and use of the land
are ascertainable from agricultural, ecological, geologic, and
topographic maps. Economic, linguistic, population, and transportation
maps describe the cultural aspects of the people. The collection
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 images, have
been published since 1980. Information preceding this is available
through aerial photographs, maps, and Rare-Historic materials. The R.C.
West collection of aerial photographs stretches through the 1940s,
1950s and 1960s. About 400 maps date from these decades. Rare-historic
maps are designated as those published in the 1930s and before. The
collection houses 146 `rare` pieces, published in Mexico, Germany,
France, and the U.S.
Summary by Kimberly Kowal