About Afriterra


The Afriterra Foundation is a non-profit cartographic library and archive dedicated to assembling and preserving the original rare maps of Africa. We view cartography as a medium that uniquely links art, link technology, and history. Our collection is the largest, most complete assembly in North America of original maps focused on early Africa. The majority of our collection is available for viewing and study, free of charge, in our online catalog.

The Afriterra mission centers on a long-term educational commitment to:

  • Provide free, open access to cartographic material
  • Create a visual connection to heritage
  • Give homage to the ancestors of the diaspora

Some facts about the map and book collection:

  • 5,000 original rare maps, engravings, archive papers and rare book text and references, covering seven languages (English, Latin, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian).
  • Maps dating back as far as the 13th century and as recent as late 20th century.
  • Sizes ranging from hand-held to wall size.
  • Over 2,500 maps fully digitized and viewable in our freely accessible online database.

You can also read about our methods of operation.