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Map Department


When in 1859 the holdings of the Königliches Kartographisches Institut (Royal Cartographic Institute) were transferred to the Königliche Bibliothek (Royal Library), the map department was created as a separate unit. Since then the department has built up the largest map collection in Germany. In particular, large private collections were the important basis for a systematic collection development, and in 1919 the integration of the map archive of the Großer Preußischer Generalstab (Prussian Great General Staff) with its numerous hand-drawn maps of early land surveys further enhanced the value of the collection. Every year around 10,000 new map sheets are being added to the holdings, this is especially made possible by the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) which funds the special subject collection 28.1 Topographic maps. In 2001 the older holdings (published before 1940) were revised and merged in the Haus Unter den Linden, whereas until the end of the ongoing construction works modern maps will still be located in the Haus Potsdamer Str.