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Africana Studies: Maps & Statistics

A guide for research in African American and African Studies


 Afriterra Foundation provides historical maps of Africa

American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) Digital Map Collection contains over 500 maps from the 15th to the 20th century.

Global Poverty Mapping Project

Massachusetts Historical Society online maps include twenty-four manuscript maps of local towns and counties dating from 1637-1809 and eight iconic printed maps of Massachusetts and Boston.

Perry-Castenada Library Map Collection, University of Texas, Austin contains current and historical maps of Africa.

For local maps, the Boston Planning and Development Agency webpage includes data, maps and aerial photographs.

The World Bank Global Reach Map is a collection maps and data, a visual look at wealth--and poverty--distribution throughout the world.

​Worldmapper: The World as You've Never Seen It has maps showing areas of interest--not country boundaries. Looking for a map showing the distribution of wealth, income, food, housing?

Statistics: local to international

   portal with up to date statistical  from around the world'; you will need to login with MyNEU credentials


More statistical sources:

Analyze Boston geographic, development and demographic information.

U.S. Census Bureau, a resource for U.S. statistics.

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) "informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations." Use the DataFinder to browse for data geographically and by topic.

Social Science Statistics, a subject page compiled by the Social Sciences Librarians on a variety of topics: